19-Year-Old Shot in the Leg on DC Metro Train

(FiveNation.com)- A 19-year-old man was shot in the leg while on a DC Metro train on Monday.

Metro Transit police responded to a report of a shooting on a train headed from Georgia Ave/Petworth station to Columbia Heights. The victim, who was found unconscious and breathing, was treated by EMTs on the Columbia Heights platform and later transported to the hospital.

According to witnesses aboard the train, a man was pacing around the train car angrily waving a gun. He then went into the next car apparently searching for someone when a shot was heard.

When the train pulled into the Columbia Heights station, riders began running to the doors to exit the train and out of the station. One witness saw a young man collapse on the platform with a gunshot wound to his leg. The witness rushed to the man and attempted to use her scarf to apply pressure to the wound.

The station was closed for over an hour as police investigated the shooting, resulting in rush hour gridlock and delays.

According to a report in Axios on Monday, Washington DC is facing a spike in homicides.

By the end of November, the nation’s capital had reached 202 homicides. The last time Washington D.C. exceeded two hundred homicides in one year was in 2003.

The city is unable to pinpoint specifically what is causing the spike in homicides. Instead, city officials have blamed the spike on the COVID pandemic and an increase in illegal firearms. But the DC Metro police union believes the cause is clear. The union argues that the “police reforms” enacted in response to the in-custody death of George Floyd have hamstrung law enforcement and made it harder for police to do their job.

And while violent crime skyrockets throughout the nation’s capital, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced this week that she was stepping up traffic safety measures to combat speeding in school zones.