Shooting on Metro train leaves teen hospitalized, police looking for persons of interest

Persons of Interest in Metro Shooting (Courtesy: Metro Transit Police)

A teen was shot while riding from Silver Spring to the Takoma station in NW Washington on Sunday afternoon.

“That’s terrible. That’s ridiculous,” said Jasmine White, who rides the train for work. “I’ve never heard anything like this before.”

A Metro spokesman say it is rare for a shooting to happen right on a train. It was shortly before 3 p.m. when the boy was shot in the abdomen. He was conscious and breathing when he was taken to the hospital.

Pretty quickly, Metro put out the images of three persons of interest.

“The witnesses described that those three persons of interest boarded a train that was on the opposite platform and went back in the other direction,” said Dan Stessel, Metro spokesman.

Police say the men left Metro at the Silver Spring station.

“Oh wow, that’s a little scary, definitely,” said Lawrence Perkins.

Perkins turned around and called an Uber, as the Red Line was single tracking between Silver Spring and Takoma for over three hours.

Detectives walked the tracks and looked for evidence.

White says she has her way of trying to stay safe while riding alone.

“I can’t wear anything that’s going to show anything on Metro. I don’t do that at all cause I’m a woman,” said White.

Stessel says the shooting was caught on camera. Metro may release more images of the persons of interest.

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