Shooting briefly evacuates Washington’s Union Station, suspect dies from injuries
WASHINGTON — A security guard shot a man who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend in Washington’s Union Station on Friday, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier told CNN.
Both the female stabbing victim and male shooting victim were being treated for their injuries, D.C. Police tweeted, but it was later reported that the man who stabbed the woman had died from his injuries.
According to Gwendolyn Crump, director of communications with the Metropolitan Police Department, a security guard witnessed the woman being stabbed by the suspect and gave chase. Armed with a knife, the suspect turned and accosted the security guard, who fired and struck the suspect.
The stabbing appeared to be domestic in nature, Crump added.
The train station was briefly evacuated following the shooting. U.S. Capitol Police also warned lawmakers and congressional staff to stay away from Union Station, which is a few blocks from the Capitol.
Employees at the Einstein Bros. bagel shop located next to the area cordoned off by police reported hearing a single gunshot before being evacuated.
But police quickly began allowing people back into the major commuting and retail hub and said there was no active shooting situation.
The complex is more than just a busy rail station for the Northeast corridor. It also houses many restaurants and shops, making it a busy lunchtime destination.
It is also just a few blocks from the Capitol and many media bureaus, making it a popular spot for the press and congressional staffers.
Kenneth Pendarvis, 50, who lives in Washington, said he was sitting down at the McDonald’s in the Amtrak corridor, eating chicken nuggets and fries, when he heard a gunshot.
“I was sitting at the table and I was listening to my music on my Pandora and I heard someone say ‘POW!’ That thing said ‘POW!’ Everybody ran behind that table I was sitting at. Everybody hit the floor, I hit the floor too, then they ran to this closet.”
Pendarvis said the closet was near the McDonald’s and about the size of a linen closet. He said multiple people were able to pack in there, but could not say how many. He emphasized that he did not see the shooting, but heard it through his music.