A man enraged by delays from a person struggling to use a credit card while exiting a garage at Pentagon City Mall on Friday fired a gun shot into the air before the car he was in sped off, leading to a police pursuit into the District, according to police in Arlington County.
One of two occupants of the car threw a gun out the window during the chase, according to police who said they found the weapon near the George Washington Parkway at I-395.
Both men were arrested at the Third Street tunnel near Massachusetts Avenue, forcing police to close the northbound lanes of the highway that cuts through the heart of the District, disrupting the Friday evening rush hour. The pursuit went through Southwest and Northwest parts of the District, and skirted the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall on streets that included Constitution, Independence and Pennsylvania avenues.
Police said no one was injured in the shooting in Virginia, which occurred about 3:10 p.m. at the parking garage near the exit on the 15th Street side.
Lt. Kip Malcolm with the Arlington County Police Department said the incident began when people in two cars were exiting the mall garage. Police said the driver of the car at the gate seemed to have trouble getting his credit card to process, and got out of his vehicle to ask the driver behind him to back up.
Malcolm said words were exchanged and the passenger took out a gun and fired what police believe was a warning shot. . The driver of that car then sped fromthe garage through a different exit. There were many witnesses given the shopping season, and Arlington County police quickly spotted the white vehicle and began a pursuit.
The chase ended on I-395 near Massachusetts Avenue. Police said the driver stopped and he and a passenger ran from the car. Both were quickly arrested by police from Arlington County and the District, Malcolm said. Their names were not immediately released.