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One Potomac Avenue Metro Station victim identified as Pedro Barber with non-life-threatening injury

The suspect is in custody after bystanders tackled and disarmed the gunman, according to their initial report.



Pedro Barber has suffered non life threatening injury at the unfortunate event this morning at the Potomac Avenue Metro Station.

Wednesday, a Metro worker was shot and killed on the platform of a D.C. train station as he tried to stop a gunman who had already shot and hurt several other people.

Executive Assistant Chief of Police Ashan M. Benedict stated at a press conference that the event began with an altercation on a Metrobus near 14th Street and Potomac around 9:00 a.m.

Benedict reported that a person with a firearm engaged random passengers on the bus, followed one of them off, and then shot them in the leg.

The shooter proceeded to enter the Potomac Avenue Metro station, where they descended the escalator to the station platform and confronted a passenger who was attempting to purchase a Metro card. Benedict stated that the shooter attempted to drag the victim over the turnstile at the faregate after shooting them. However, the victim was able to free himself and get away.

The shooter then confronted a woman who was thought to be a client after going farther down the escalator. According to Benedict, a Metro transport employee who witnessed the incident and tried to step in to stop it was shot and killed by the gunman.

The suspect was then approached by a second Metro transport employee before being taken into custody by law enforcement officers. During this time, the suspect entered and left a train that was halted at the platform.

Randy Clarke, the CEO and general manager of Metro, referred to the event as “an terribly sad day” and stated that additional details surrounding the employee who was killed would be made public.

“I just want to send my deep condolences to the Metro family,” said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser at the scene Wednesday. “We don’t know a lot about this shooter at this moment – other than we had a person with a gun who has created yet another tragedy in our city. We will work hand-in-hand with Metro to complete this investigation as we move forward.”