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Posted at 1:55 PM ET, 06/ 4/2010

Union Station reopens

By Washington Post editors

Update 3:30 p.m.

Authorities now say, contrary to a WMATA press release, "There was no one shot; there were no shots fired." The victim was unconcious with non-life-threatening head injuries, and police said he was "struck" by a person, Dr. Gridlock reports. A 16-year old injured in the incident was transported to a hospital after his shoes were stolen.

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.

"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, Angela Surrat, adding that he was with two friends who attempted to protect him.

Go to Dr. Gridlock's blog for more details and eyewitness accounts of the fight.

Update: 2:05 p.m.

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- to 17- year-old male with serious injuries was taken to a trauma center.

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

Earlier post:

The Post's Dr. Gridlock reports that 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.

We'll continue to update this story as more details become available.

By Washington Post editors  | June 4, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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A reported shooting ON THE PLATFORM. That's just ef***g wonderful.

Posted by: bravegirl01 | June 4, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the Metro Board can use this "safety" issue as another method to reconvene in order to increase rates once more. After all, the extra members of the Metro Police that will now be required in order for the riders to be "safe" will cost several hundren Million dollars.

Posted by: popcorn1163 | June 4, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

how many non-whites were involved?

Posted by: goziner | June 4, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

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