Wounded Pepco worker released from hospital
The Pepco worker who was shot in the neck while working in Northwest Washington Thursday night was released from the hospital, D.C. police and company officials said.
The 52-year-old employee argued with a group of teenagers who hassled his maintenance crew as they were repairing an underground cables near 1st Street and Rhode Island Avenue, said Cmdr. Lamar Greene, of the 5th Police District, which is investigating the case. The argument turned to a shoving match, which was broken up by other members of the crew.
The teens then left the scene, but returned minutes later with a small caliber handgun, and wounded the worker during another confrontation, police said.
The victim has worked for Pepco for 30 years and was released from the hospital Friday morning, said Robert Dobkin, a company spokesman.
"He’s home recuperating. He’s very lucky," Dobkin said. "These guys are out there in all kinds of weather and at all hours of the night, just trying make things safe for the public and our customers."
A maintenance crew returned to finish repairs at the location on Friday, Dobkin said.
Police were following leads and were looking for information about the suspected shooter, who was only described as a teenaged male, wearing a green jacket and dark pants during the 7 p.m. shooting, Greene said.
-- Clarence Williams
December 4, 2009; 2:10 PM ET
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