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Police investigate shooting at Union Station

Union Station in Washington. (Andrea Sachs/The Washington Post)

A person was shot Wednesday afternoon inside Union Station, and two people were taken into custody, according to D.C. officials and an Amtrak spokeswoman.

The shooting occurred shortly before 4 p.m. Kimberly Woods, the Amtrak spokeswoman, said the victim suffered a minor foot wound and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Woods said the shooting occurred in the west wing of the station on Massachusetts Avenue. A WTOP social media and video editor posted a picture on Twitter that showed crime scene tape on the main concourse level near a food court and an exit onto First Street NE.

The U.S. Capitol Police said one of its sergeants was in the station and heard the gunshots. Capitol Police officers also responded, the department said on Twitter, and took the two people into custody outside the station, near North Capitol and H streets. The Capitol Police also said they seized a handgun.

D.C. officials said Amtrak Police are handling the investigation. Woods would not provide an age or gender of the person who was shot, or of the people who were arrested. The investigation is continuing.

Amtrak officials would not say whether any trains were delayed because of the shooting.

Union Station has struggled to recover following pandemic-related shutdowns, with many of its storefronts shuttered amid falling passenger counts and rising concerns over insecurity. Starbucks closed its coffee store over the summer, citing public safety as an issue.

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