Off-duty officer shot, injured man and teen on Anacostia Road

An off-duty police officer shot at a man and a teenager in Southeast Washington Friday night, injuring them both, authorities said. (Tony Webster / Flickr)

The two were taken to an area hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Both are in stable condition, a police spokeswoman said.

A man and a teenager were shot Friday night in Southeast Washington by an off-duty police officer, according to an official.

The two were taken to an area hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries, said police spokeswoman Cmdr. Durriyyah Habeebullah in a video that was posted on D.C. police’s Twitter page. 

The officer was in full uniform, working part-time as a security guard, the . At 6:42 p.m., the officer fired at a “group of males” standing in an apartment complex on the 300 block of Anacostia Road, SE, Habeebullah said.

One person in the group had a gun, Habeebullah said.

Though, when Habeebullah spoke to reporters at around 9:25 p.m., she said a weapon had not been recovered from the scene.

“We’re still at the beginning stages of the investigation,” she said.

Authorities are investigating the circumstances that led up to the shooting, Habeebullah said. It is unclear what made the off-duty officer draw his weapon. Police have not made the officer’s identity available to the public. 

The officer was not injured in the incident, Habeebullah said.

The shootings follow a spate of violent outbursts in the city. A man was fatally shot in Columbia Heights Monday, reported . In the same incident, two other people were injured, one with gunshot wounds and another who was stabbed.  

Two men, ages 19 and 23, were fatally shot in Southeast and Northeast Washington in October, according to D.C. police. The 19-year-old was identified as. The 23-year-old victim’s name was.

Authorities have offered $25,000 rewards for anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person, or people, responsible for killing Barnes and Smith.

In response, Habeebullah said the department is cracking down on illegal guns.

“One of the things we do is, we try to capture those persons carrying illegal firearms. That’s the biggest problem” Habeebullah said. “You can’t have a shooting without a firearm.”

Lauren Lumpkin

Lauren Lumpkin is a student journalist pursuing a master's degree at American University. She covers Anacostia and other communities in Southeast Washington for ҹֱ.

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