NW carjacking, robbery stuns area residents

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The victim stayed at work late Wednesday night before stopping to pick up take-out. We are protecting her identity, but she tells us that just as she was about to walk up the steps of her home on Runnymeade Place in NW D.C., she heard a man say “Hey.”

"if you are not safe getting into your house at 9 o'clock at night, what can you do?" the victim says. "I turned around expecting to see a neighbor say 'Happy New Year' or 'How have you been.'"

If only it had been a neighbor. Instead, she was face-to-face with a man wearing a ski mask. Disbelief took over, and it took a moment to register what was happening.

"He said, 'give me your keys and your purse,' and then put a gun in front of my face," the victim describes.

With that, he pointed a gun about an inch away from her face. She did as she was asked and handed it all over.

The victim had just parked her brand new 2014 Honda CRV on the street, and the suspect took the keys and began to flee. But it wasn’t over yet:

"As he started driving away, he paused for a second and then he shot off the gun," the victim says.

Adding to her already fear-filled evening, neighbors in the D.C. Chevy Chase community are now on edge.

"Especially because it happened at 9 o'clock at night -- not a time when you really worry about it; but I think the fact that there was a gun involved is really scaring people," says neighbor Joanne Weiner.