Shootout, chase after Md. carjacking
At least three gunmen hijacked a car in Prince George's County early Friday and led police on a chase that resulted in a shootout in the District. authorities said.
No one was reported hurt in the shootout. Two suspects were arrested after a brief foot chase, but one other suspect got away in the carjacked vehicle, said Cpl. Henry Tippett, a Prince George's County police spokesman.
The predawn incident resulted in a police investigation that closed down the area around Minnesota Avenue and Randall Circle in Southeast well into the morning rush hour.
A D.C. police spokesman, Lt. Nicholas Breul, said officers closed portions of streets including Fort Dupont Drive leading to Randall Circle, Branch Avenue north from Pennsylvania Avenue and Minnesota Avenue in the area of Randall Circle. Officers were on the scene to direct motorists, but traffic tie-ups were reported.
The carjacking was reported to police about 3:10 a.m. on Silverhill Road in Prince George's County, Tippett said.
Police chased two vehicles into the District, where the pursuit ended on Minnesota Avenue in Southeast. The hijacked car, a burgundy 2004 Toyota Avalon with Maryland license plates, was followed by a white Honda, Tippett said.
Prince George's police pursued both vehicles into D.C., and the Honda crashed near Randall Circle, he said. Two suspects got out of the Honda and fired shots at the officers, who returned fire, Tippett said. No one was struck, according to Tippett.
During the shootout, one suspect fled the scene in the carjacked Avalon, Tippett said. He said police are still looking for the suspect and the car.
-- William Branigin
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