Teenager shot, killed near Nationals Park

A Southeast Washington teenager was fatally shot Wednesday in a neighborhood near the District’s waterfront, one block from Nationals Park, according to D.C. police.

Police identified the victim as 15-year-old Thomas Johnson.

The shooting occurred about 1:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of Half Street SW, in the James Creek public housing complex just off South Capitol Street.

A police spokesman said Johnson was found on the front steps of an apartment building.

D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said at an afternoon news conference that the victim had been shot multiple times and that it appears the teen was targeted. He said the motive is not yet known.


— Peter Hermann


Bicyclist fatally struck by hit-and-run driver

A man riding a bike died after he was struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run in Prince George’s County, authorities said.


Prince George’s County police said the incident happened around 6:20 a.m. Wednesday at McKendree and Accokeek roads in Brandywine. A 911 caller reported a man on the ground who was unresponsive. John Guillickson, 39, of Accokeek was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said an initial finding was that the man was riding his bike on McKendree Road when he was “struck by a vehicle from behind.” Police said “that vehicle did not stop” and “most likely has front-end damage.”


— Dana Hedgpeth


Police: Misinterpreted shout led to panic

Unfounded reports of a shooting that caused panic at an Arlington movie theater were the result of a misinterpreted video game reference shouted during a film, police said Wednesday.

On Sept. 14, officers responded to calls about a possible shooter at the Ballston Quarter theater in the 4200 block of Wilson Boulevard. Moviegoers were told to shelter in place, but a search found no evidence of a shooting.


Police said an investigation showed that a juvenile shouted, “Pennywise has sharpshooter activated!” during a screening of “It Chapter Two.” The statement referenced the clown antagonist of the “It” franchise and “sharpshooter mode,” a feature in some video games.

Some who heard the shout thought it referenced an active shooter, police said. Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos said no crime was committed and no charges will be filed.

— Justin Wm. Moyer