Washington National Cathedral on Monday night. (Photo from Washington National Cathedral)

A man was pulled out of his car Monday night near the Washington National Cathedral by robbers who took his wallet and fired a gunshot. At least one of the three robbers drove off in the vehicle, police said.

The victim was not injured in the incident, which occurred just before 11 p..m. in the 3100 block of 36th Street NW, the police said. The site is just north of the cathedral grounds.

After pulling the man from the car, a police report said, the robbers threw him to the ground. One held a gun to the man's head, according to the report, while the two others went through his pockets.

The shot was fired as the robbers fled on foot, in the 3500 block of Lowell Street NW, the report said. It was not clear why the shot was fired.

Police said the stolen car was spotted later on Southern Avenue SE. Police tried to stop it, but it drove away and crashed into another car in the 1500 block of Mississippi Avenue, the police said.

They said whoever was in the stolen car ran away. Police said they are investigating.


Robbers took a car at gunpoint near the Washington National Cathedral Monday night. One of them fired a shot, police said (iStock)