Posted on April 23, 2014

Police: 2 People Shot Near National Zoo in D.C.

USA Today, April 21, 2014

Two people were shot and injured near an entrance to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., police confirmed Monday.


Police confirmed that the incident happened outside the zoo. The National Zoo closed after the incident.

Each year on Easter Monday, families are welcomed to the National Zoo for family-focused activities and Easter entertainment, according to the National Zoo’s website.

There is a history of some violence at this family event at the zoo that the police say they are aware of.

“We were not expecting (a shooting) but we had a heavy police presence up here,” said Commander Michael Reese of the Metropolitan Police Department. {snip}

Three years ago on Easter Monday, a teen was stabbed multiple times.

Shots were fired about an hour after thousands were at the zoo to celebrate African American Family Day and Easter Monday.


Police, who are looking for two black males, said they do not know the motive for the shootings.