Shooting briefly evacuates Washington’s Union Station

News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – 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.

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.

By Tal Kopan, Tom LoBianco and Jim Sciutto, CNN

CNN’s Jeremy Diamond and Allison Brennan contributed to this report.

Trademark and Copyright 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

FOX 2 Newsletters

Sign up for a newsletter from FOX 2 to get updates about news and weather. We offer daily headlines, breaking news, severe weather, and forecast emails.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.

Popular

Latest News

More News