- The Washington Times - Monday, March 14, 2005


D.C. police were searching for three men who they said carjacked a man in Northeast yesterday, then shot him when he tried to escape. A stray bullet went into a car dealership, narrowly missing a customer.

The victim told police that he was abducted at Minnesota and Nannie Helen Burroughs avenues in Northeast. When the car got to the corner of Georgia and Missouri avenues in Northwest — about a half block from a police station — the man bolted and ran toward Curtis Chevrolet. But the attackers shot and wounded him.

“He attempted to jump out of the vehicle and run. It looks like he was running back toward the police station when he was shot several times in the back,” said Cmdr. Hilton Burton of the Metropolitan Police Department.

Some of the bullets hit cars on the dealership lot, leaving them with bullet holes or broken windows. One shot went through the window of the customer lounge, narrowly missing a woman sitting there.

“She was sitting in that chair under that bullet hole. She said she felt glass start hitting her and she dove to the floor,” said witness Pat Kelly.

The victim ran from the car within sight of a barbershop, which he owns.

“There’s no way that this can be a coincidence that they carjack him in Northeast and drive him all the way to within being across the street from his barbershop. It looks pretty apparent that they were going to rob the barbershop with him,” said D.C. Council member Adrian M. Fenty, Ward 4 Democrat, who represents the area.

“It looks like some type of targeting or hit,” Mr. Fenty said.

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