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No shots fired at Union Station

[This post has been updated 3:30p.m.]

Union Station was closed for a half hour this afternoon after a "large group" of young people began fighting, police said. One 16-year old was transported to a hospital after his shoes were stolen.

Contrary to a WMATA press release, "There was no one shot; there were no shots fired," said Lt. Mitch Dowdy of the Metro Transit Police. The victim was unconcious with non-life-threatening head injuries, and police said he was "struck" by a person or persons.

Witnesses, including the victim's mother, saw what appeared to be guns, but in a press release, Metro said the weapons recovered likely weren't real pistols.

Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said one was a replica of what appeared to be a machine gun.

"Police recovered a realistic training firearm from the platform" and also "arrested a male minor in possession of a BB gun at Metro Center shortly after the Union Station incident. It is not yet known if he was involved in the initial altercation," Metro said in a statement.

Tavon Bailey, 16, was "coming from an errand" at Fort Totten or Brookland when "20 or more people attacked him," said his mother, Angel Surrat, adding that he was with two friends who attempted to protect him.

A passenger on the train, Larry Barnes, 20, of the District, said: "I got on at Fort Totten. I heard back-and-forth arguments. They were just arguing, saying cuss words. It got physical when they got to New York Ave. They was like, 'we are going to jump you when we get to Union Station.'"

"When I got on, 15 were involved. Then someone made a phone call and another 16 got on at NY Ave. He was trying to get off the train, but he couldn't. He got off at Union. I saw two hand guns by the platform. I think police grabbed them," he added.

Police said that two suspects boarded the train at Union after the incident and were intercepted and detained at Metro Center after officers were dispatched to neighboring stations.

Lt. Dowdy said that at one point there was one person
"on the ground" at the platform, and that items were removed from the tracks.

"There was an officer on the scene; the response was immediate. At least 12 Capitol police, six Metro police and three Metro officials were on the scene with a command post," Dowdy said.

Officials said that two people were being detained, and that there were two witnesses. Two African-American youths were seen being taken away in MPD vehicles.

The lieutenant did not call it a gang fight, saying there were no colors or other indicators of gang activities.

The assault was over a pair of Air Jordan brand shoes, his mother said. He was not in a gang and did not know his attackers, she said.

Said Barnes, the witness: "A lot of guys teamed up on a young boy. It was real bad."

--Ann Scott Tyson

Earlier:: Metro says Union Station is reopened after a shooting in the station which closed it from about 1:15 to 1:45 p.m this afternoon.

District emergency personnel report that an approximately 16-17 year old male was transported with serious injuries to a trauma center.

Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said the police were trying to "retrieve a weapon off the tracks."

Original post: Union Station is closed due to a police situation, according to Metro. Shuttle service has been requested.

MPD says there was a shooting on the Metro platform, and transit police have responded.

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By Luke Rosiak  | June 4, 2010; 1:24 PM ET
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Comments

My girlfriend was on the Red Line train which the gang fight was on. Apparently there was a shooting on Florida Ave. that led to a fight on the platform at Brookland-CUA and continued on the train.

Posted by: k1avg | June 4, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Way to spend $2 million on increased "security" Metro. It's not terrorists we worry about, it's the thug teens that don't know how to act on public transit.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | June 4, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

There is going to be a lot more shootings,gang activity, and teenage ruckus going on with the heat & the end of the school year drawing near...

Posted by: DMVinsider | June 4, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

How very Green Line of them.

Posted by: seraphina21 | June 4, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

@seraphina21

HA!!!! Zing!

Posted by: cbr1 | June 4, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

seraphina21: Best comment ever. LOL

Posted by: megankp | June 4, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Notes for Al Qaeda: if you want to infiltrate and shoot up DC, disguise yourself as violent young black males and people will just look the other way. This is proven as its done every single day.

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | June 4, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Good point DMVinsider and I add that with all the police presence milling inside Union Station but practically none down in the Union Station metro platforms it seems inevitable punks are going to take their nonsense to areas with the least monitoring.

Posted by: stackblaster | June 4, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Was it a shooting or a fight?

Read these twitter comments:

http://twitter.com/DaveStroup

Posted by: jiji1 | June 4, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

If the victim was unarmed the shooter is likely to be an Israeli commando.

Posted by: SSTK34 | June 4, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow, really? Don't they have jobs or summer school to attend to?

Posted by: kcflood87 | June 4, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Of course, if Metro wished to install metal detectors at some selected stations, many of you would be complaining about this as well.

{Can't help but laugh at yet another attempt by the Israel haters to add, yet another one of their hilarious but urelated threads.}

Posted by: CubsFan | June 4, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what completely meaningless and trivial "beef" led to this one. Stolen pack of gum? A heated disagreement about who could wear their pants the lowest?

Posted by: surly4130 | June 4, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

special thanks to Dave Stroup who was able to tweet a more accurate account at the scene!

Posted by: beebay | June 4, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

A 16-17 year old at 1:15PM, ummm this is not a school issue. DC schools have 2-more weeks and apparently this kid was not in school as he should if 16 or 17.

the correlation of an incident on Florida Ave and this happening at Union station or Brookland is a stretch. the actual location needs to be clarified.

I don't ride the green line often, but i did note it was like the X2(?) bus. it was eventful.

Posted by: whomp1 | June 4, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I'd have NO PROBLEM with there being metal detectors installed at Metro stations... ON ALL LINES! Don't want those crazy, gun-totin' Virgin-nies coming into the city armed, either...

Posted by: sigmagrrl | June 4, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

How very Green Line of them.

Posted by: seraphina21 | June 4, 2010 2:00
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HA! I too agree.

By the way, how very "I wear the white hood of confederacy" of you.

Posted by: dcis1 | June 4, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

See this is how bias and prejudice is formed. A "large group of young people" However, large group means 2 arrest and 1 victim. That's 3 people. i assure you if the victim had friends with him, male or female, he would not have been the lone one to be beat up and his shoes taken. And i doubt only 2 people could have done it. So how large was this big group?

Posted by: whomp1 | June 4, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

What a disfunctional city this is - as one commenter noted, school is still in session, yet roving bands of teenagers are running around on the Metro system in the middle of the day and we see what it leads to. Rotten, violent and incorrigible teenagers are absolutely ruining the quality of life in Washington, DC.

Posted by: dwt301 | June 4, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

How very Green Line of them.

Posted by: seraphina21 | June 4, 2010 2:00
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HA! I too agree.

By the way, how very "I wear the white hood of confederacy" of you.
LOL DCIS-CRACKERS KEEP CRACKING.

Posted by: wisedecision08 | June 4, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

There seems to be just as much ignorance in these comments as there was in that fight.

Posted by: BlueRanger | June 4, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like we need some good old fashioned law enforcement...shoot first ask questions later...WaaaWaaaWaaaaa...

Posted by: keithlb28 | June 4, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I hope that the police did not charge anyone with "disorderly conduct". The D.C. Court of Appeals might pounce on that.

Posted by: metrobus57 | June 4, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Since this site allows the references to the "white hood of confederacy" and "CRACKERS KEEP CRACKING" it appears obvious the use of the "N" word is also allowed when speaking of the fine people in DC. (Oh no! That would be considered racist and hate mongering)

Posted by: photog | June 4, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

fallen culture.

Posted by: ObamaisFraud | June 4, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with BlueRanger on this. A rather disappointing picture of DC, both here & on the platform.

Posted by: BklynBoy | June 4, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Young blacks are out of control throughout the entire nation. We need zero tolerance in dealing with them. If you have a drink on the train, you get locked the hell up.

Posted by: StLou | June 4, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame the little dirt bags didn't kill each other... All this crap over a pair of shoes...??? And DC wants 1) home rule and 2) more money for Metro ???

Fat chance...

Posted by: medic2010 | June 4, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

NO BIAS! I was on the train connected to this one. It WAS a large group. Maybe there were only 3 identified as suspects/victim, but there were at least 15 kids total. Some spilled into the car I was on, along with some innocent folks trying to get away. A girl said there was a gun and everyone started to run. Luckily the train closed the doors with the majority of the kids on the platform....we pulled away and saw at least 4 kids still fighting, 1 on the ground being pulled.

___________________________________________

See this is how bias and prejudice is formed. A "large group of young people" However, large group means 2 arrest and 1 victim. That's 3 people. i assure you if the victim had friends with him, male or female, he would not have been the lone one to be beat up and his shoes taken. And i doubt only 2 people could have done it. So how large was this big group?

Posted by: whomp1 | June 4, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: wendelldhall | June 4, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

StLou is right. We need some sort of work-release program for all these young blacks, maybe we can put them on a farm and have them work pulling cotton or cutting tobacco? They dearly need the white hand of Providence to guide them.

Sincerely,
Jefferson Davis

Posted by: H0wardRoark | June 4, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunate, but there needs to be significant increased police presence on certain metro lines at certain times of the day in this city.

Posted by: 123cartoon | June 4, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. Were there ANY white teenagers involved? Any Asians? Any Latinos even? I wonder.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | June 4, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Jefferson Davis is right. Perhaps Metro should give them their own cars to ride in or separate stations to board trains. StLou obviously knows what he's talking about because he's studied African-Americans, and of course, harsh punishment would be an absolute deterrent to this type of violence. Yes, StLou, we should throw the book at them.

Posted by: BklynBoy | June 4, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Holy hell, some of the comments are hilariously awesome, and some of them are hilariously pathetic. Keep it classy, WaPo posters.

Posted by: pikamander007 | June 4, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

sigmagrrl wrote: "I'd have NO PROBLEM with there being metal detectors installed at Metro stations... ON ALL LINES! Don't want those crazy, gun-totin' Virgin-nies coming into the city armed, either..."

Well, grrl, I'm not from, but I do live in VA, and there seems to be a good reason this ghetto activity does not take place here. (i) It appears the Latinos have a lock on violence, (ii) the police do a fairly decent job of keeping it under control, and (iii) many of us have weapons of our own and won't hesitate to shoot their dumb a88es.

So how's that DC gun ban working for you?
Finally, a metal detector at every Metro stop is a ridiculous notion. Put more thought into that.

Posted by: ms1234 | June 4, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

@ photog
That's why I use the word NINJAS instead of the N-woed!

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | June 4, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Teen thugs on the red line is nothing new. Ask anybody who rides the red or green line during the school year. When I was working and had to ride the green line I hated going to Galley Place because the kids from Wilson High school would change trains there. The 'students' were loud, cussing (especially the young women), trying to scare the white people (funny I never them attempt to scare Black adults).

Posted by: Jimof1913 | June 4, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

These are the youths that the IMPACT evaluations are based on.......that the police cant even control. But yet standards are based on the uncontrollable and highly ignorant........Big mistake voting yes........81K for doing security and teachng is not a big raise at all!!!!!!!

Posted by: ms88dcps | June 4, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

This incident occurred during the early afternoon. Shouldn't all of these kids been at school? Heckuva job parents!

Posted by: arugula711 | June 4, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

What a vicious and violent culture. I am sure that the "beef" was over something petty and trivial, similar to the costume jewelry that lead to the triple slaying in SE.

Look people it's not rocket science. Law enforcement needs to profile these thugs. Anytime there are a group of wide and wild-eyed, thuggish-looking, congregation of rowdy teenagers they should be accosted by law enforcement and searched. Especially if they are in areas outside of SE or NE. I just can't stand being around people like this.

Posted by: jabreal00 | June 4, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

More diversity in DC is the ultimeate solution to the myriad of its social problems. DC needs an influx of educated, wealthy and middle income folks who honor traditional Judeo-Christian values. And, yes, legal immigrants who can demonstrate the honest work ethic to DC's "long-time residents" will be highly valued.

DC already has more than its share of desperate, depraved, deprived, dangerous, demented degenrates

Posted by: wagtdn | June 4, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone in DC follow what happens anywhere else? Welcome to the "flash mobs" from Philadelphia that former MPD chief Ramsey has had to deal with!! Multiple phone calls at two separate stations with people boarding - why weren't people on phone calling for local help before it escalated (hint: look-alike weapons involved, report it as terrorist attack, and bring the feds rushing to help). DO YOUR OWN CALLING - Metro employees are worthless in emergency - IF YOU VALUE YOUR LIFE!!

Posted by: jeoffroi | June 4, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

More idiotic violence from a minority which:

1. Figures prominently in virtually every affirmative discrimination plan in the country, and

2. Is known much less for its contributions to society than for the problems it causes?

It's hard to see how it could be worse than the current generation of miscreants has made it, but the next generation of these miscreants is getting an early start.

I have been only lukewarm for reparations, but now I'm all for it. But the reparations have to be sending them back to the land of their ancestors.

Posted by: rustybud | June 4, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

The lieutenant did not call it a gang fight, saying there were no colors or other indicators of gang activities.
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Now, that was some outstanding police work, Lt. Barney Fife.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | June 4, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I have made numerous complaints to Metro about the wayward teenage thugs that hang around the Fort Totten station, especially in the morning. They hang out in the Metro parking lot smoking marijuana, talking loud, and cursing. The sad thing is that there is a Metro police station next to the Fort Totten parking lot. But the Metro police are never around---EVER!! You might occasionally see them at the station entrance laughing and joking among themselves but that's about it. Just yesterday after 9:00 a.m., a group of about 30 thuggish teens was screaming, cursing, and smoking in front of the station and an MPD van came by, blew the horn (I guess to warn them), and kept going. The van DID NOT STOP!!! I couldn't believe it especially since the van had "Truancy and Curfew Enforcement" written on the side of it and the back of the van was empty. That officer would've been completely justified to load that whole gang up right then and there and haul their butts to jail. But the truth is that Metro and MPD just don't give a hoot. Metro won't even replace the blown out lights in their parking lots yet they continue to raise the fares. The people of this city had better arm and protect themselves against these gangsta thugs that will be roaming around this summer because Metro and MPD won't do the job.

Posted by: dcisajoke | June 4, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

F***** thugs. Sucks that it is so easy for their stupid as* parents to breed.

Posted by: slydell | June 4, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Confiscate the kids' cell phones and find their friends and identify them. A lot of the people are commuters who are on those trains the same time everyday and had to see a lot of this. Then put these kids in the army -- why should a fine child have to die when we can put one of these worthless thugs on the front lines? I'm serious.

Posted by: slydell | June 4, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

@whatyoutalkingboutman
NINJAS? I doubt that you do. NINJAS hardly describes the kind of no father at home don't care mothers who bred this kind of animal.

Posted by: photog | June 4, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

" If you have a drink on the train, you get locked the hell up."
I agree all the moms giving cupcake juice boxes need to be JAILED!!!!!

Posted by: alterego3 | June 4, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Need ridalin in spray to clam these kids.

Posted by: veloboldie | June 4, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama's Amerika..

Posted by: wewintheylose | June 4, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Animals.

Posted by: fireball72 | June 4, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Anthropomorphism...

He beez a good boy, he din't do nuffin, he bees turnin his life aroun, he a honor student, him bbez aspirin' rapper..... gnomesayin

Posted by: genbarlow | June 4, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that there would be a lot more concern and outrage in the community if President Obama'a lovely daughters, Sharika and Maluffia, had to witness this outrage.

Posted by: wagtdn | June 4, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that there would be a lot more concern and outrage in the community if President Obama'a lovely daughters, Sharika and Maluffia, had to witness this outrage.

Posted by: wagtdn | June 4, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

What can you expect from a gang of crack babies. We knew 20 years ago that these crack babies would have social problems. No wonder the US does not want to bring the draft back, because the US military doesn't even have any use for these crack babies.

Posted by: pt1836metz | June 4, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Though some of the comments cross the line, they speak to the level of popular exasperation with the behavior of urban teenagers. When will police start dealing harshly with this kind of routine thuggery and disorder?! When?!

If this story did not involve an original (erroneous) allegation of gunfire, the Post wouldn't have even reported it, because it is so common. But the incident has clearly hit a big nerve for transit users frightened and appalled by the prevalence of disorder in the system. What's it gonna take for WMATA to take charge here?

Or will it take another Bernard Goetz?

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | June 5, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm Black, and I'm tired of the nonsense, the vitriol, the disrespect, the ignorance that I see displayed on the sub/bus daily.

I feel the same about some of the posters on this site.

Both are a very sad commentary on what we, the 'Society' have become.

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 5, 2010 3:35 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Kahlua, the activities of these youth is what brings this anger and discord on. Accountability and parenting do matter, that would be hope and change for real, u no what i'm sayimg.

Posted by: zcxnissan | June 5, 2010 4:47 AM | Report abuse

Like I said, all we needed was a couple of days to go by before the next unbelievable senseless act of violence by young blacks.

Where are you dcis1 and shoguns? dcis1 logged on to call someone a racist instead of deploring this viscous type of behavior.
How will defend the actions of these idiots this time?

A group of 20 get on the train looking for trouble, spot three guys, one with an ipod that they determined they wanted, so they just start a fight, beat the guy unconscious, then TAKE HIS SHOES?

And your only defense is probably that ALL blacks are not like this. But look at how many ARE. They could have easily killed this kid, then they all would have been facing murder charges over an ipod and tennis shoes.

And yes I'm on here again to let people know that this is the type of kids that TOO MANY, not all of us have reared, callous, disrespectful, perpetrators, capable of killing someone over jewelry, an ipod, or a pair a shoes.

Posted by: keedrow | June 5, 2010 5:58 AM | Report abuse

swedes!...again

Posted by: OldSalt8 | June 5, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

swedes!...again

Posted by: OldSalt8 | June 5, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

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HA! funniest comment ever!

Posted by: ghokee | June 5, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

WHERE THE HELL IS METRO POLICE? They need to fire and replace the sorry @ss director of this incompetent Police Force. Metro needs to copy the NY Transit Authority model and fill each and every station and train with cops. The transit system has gotten too big for the number of non visable officers that they have. Wake up Metro, you will soon be losing lives in your system due to crime if you dont act now.

Posted by: usc932000 | June 5, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I'm Black, and I'm tired of the nonsense, the vitriol, the disrespect, the ignorance that I see displayed on the sub/bus daily.

I feel the same about some of the posters on this site.

Both are a very sad commentary on what we, the 'Society' have become.

Posted by: kahlua87
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Thanks for the honesty.. So what is the solution? Metro is so overburdened with cost overruns, they can't afford (we can't afford) to hire another entitlement seeking Union police staff.. besides the ACLU & NAACP would hire a warehouse of lottery chasing "lawyers".. Doing the right thing, common sense are characteristics that have been discarded in America


Posted by: genbarlow | June 5, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Damn, I was on a green line train last night with a crush of people leaving the Nats game and no one felt the need to give a beat-down for a new pair of shoes (or even a ball cap). Guess we were all racist crackers, given the lack of random violence.

Posted by: mikeandchris34 | June 5, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

It must be those d@mn hoodlum white and Asian kids from Bethesda-Chevy Chase high terrorizing the Metro again!

Posted by: jabreal00 | June 5, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Typical actions by black thugs in DC.....

Posted by: WildBill1 | June 5, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

It's the line that cuts through PG county, NE and SE DC. What more does one expect from typical hoodlum black kids? Say what one might but it's commonplace and typical.

Posted by: macinyourface | June 5, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Spawn of democrat welfare programs.

Posted by: jethro1 | June 5, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I was on the car when this happened. The only people on the train who tried to intervene to calm things down were black people. The white people like myself sat back and tried not to be conspicuous.

Some of the racist comments on this post are despicable.

Posted by: Spenny | June 6, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Spenny, you are a racist. You won't help a black kid because you don't want to die? Racist.

Posted by: fireball72 | June 7, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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