A man was shot Tuesday while working at Tony’s Place (1401 H St. NE), a popular breakfast and lunch spot. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and underwent surgery at local hospital later that day.
Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers said they were not sure what led up to the shooting, but said they were reviewing footage. At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, MPD Captain Kevin Kentish said that it appeared there was some sort of altercation, although he said that police did not yet have details.
Kentish was unable to say how many people were inside the restaurant at the time of the shooting. He did say there are a lot of surveillance cameras at the establishment and along the corridor that could provide additional information.
A lookout was issued for a black male with a thin build, aged 26 to 27, wearing long dreads in a bun wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and white shoes. He fled the location on foot.
Asked what this shooting inside a restaurant says about the situation along H Street, Kentish echoed words he said he had heard from outgoing MPD Chief Robert Contee.
“Conflict resolution is sorely needed in the District of Columbia,” he said. We’re having minor arguments that turn out with people being shot.”
That, he said, is happening with an alarming frequency.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s Text Tip Line by sending a text message to 50411.
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