A Southeast Washington woman was shot in the face last night, and her 18-year-old son was arrested and charged with assault with intent to kill, D.C. police said.
Sharon Smith, 33, was listed in stable condition at the Washington Hospital Center after the shooting, which police said took place in a bedroom of her home at 4001 Wheeler Rd. Police said she was shot with a .22-caliber handgun.
The assailant fled from the home in the Barnaby Terrace area after the shooting.
Smith's son, identified by police as Wayne Ballard, turned himself in at the 7th District police station. Neighbors said he is a senior at Ballou High School. He was charged with assault with intent to kill while armed, police said.
Police and neighbors said the shooting occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Lawanda Ballard, Smith's 15-year-old daughter, said Wayne Ballard, who lives elsewhere, had gone to the house to do his laundry and began arguing with his mother. Lawanda Ballard said that police were called and escorted Wayne Ballard from the home but that he returned and, finding the front door locked, climbed through a second-floor window. The shooting followed, Lawanda Ballard said.
Neighbors said shots were fired outside the home after Smith was wounded, but no further injury was reported.
Relatives drove Ballard to the 7th District police station about 9:15 p.m., police said.
One neighbor said she was returning to her home on Wheeler Road when she saw Lawanda Ballard run out of the house and begin screaming on the sidewalk. The neighbor said she ran inside the house and found Smith lying atop a phone in a family bedroom. Smith had tried to call the police, the neighbor said.