Lindsay Watts, FOX 5 DC, December 3, 2019
New video shows the chaos near National Zoo on Saturday before two juveniles were shot. A group of young people mobbed an ice cream shop and assaulted the owners.
“There were like 50 people in the store, some as young as 10 or 12, some 20 (years old),” said Kevin McMahon, who owns FrozenYo on Connecticut Avenue, across from the zoo.
His surveillance video shows dozens of juveniles walking into the shop, knocking over furniture and other items. McMahon said they were there to pick a fight with two girls. As he tried to get everyone out, he was assaulted and then a young child jumped on his back. As his wife, Carole, tried to help him, the boy punched her in the face with a closed fist.
Carole had to get stitches and tells FOX 5 this was the scariest experience of her life.
The fight happened after some teens set off fireworks near National Zoo which people enjoying the annual ZooLights exhibit mistook for gunshots.
Not long after, there were real bullets flying and police said two juveniles were shot in two different locations near the zoo.