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Man Killed on Pennsylvania Avenue Median Wednesday

A man died on the median in the center of the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE Wednesday, shot in the middle of the wide avenue in the middle of the day.

Police were called to the scene around 12:24 p.m. May 1 after getting reports of gunshots.

The victim was pronounced dead on the scene.

Bystanders reported seeing a man chase the victim on the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Ave. SE, the block where Mangialardo’s is located.

They say as the shooter caught up to the victim, shots were fired at nearly point blank range. “He was shot just like a dog,” one bystander said, sorrowfully shaking his head.

An employee working nearby said police told her the victim had been shot at least 5 times. Police were seen recovering casings from a wide range around the scene.

Childcare group Storytime kids is located on the corner as is tutoring nonprofit For the Love of Children (FLOC). A person answering the phone for FLOC said all after school programming had been cancelled.

The suspect was last seen towards the 1300 block of G Street SE.

Roads were blocked between 1300 and 1400 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. And on 13th Street south of Pennsylvania Avenue. Yellow crime tape also surrounded the front patio the Potomac Mini Mart on the northeast corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th.

Police issued a lookout for a Black male about 6 feet tall and 190lbs., with a medium complexion. He was wearing a black baseball cap, black jacket and blue jeans and was last seen headed Eastbound in the 1200 block of G Street SE.

Anyone who has any information about this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text anonymous photos, video or tips to the Department’s Text Tip Line at 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a violent crime committed in the District of Columbia.

This story is updating

an early version of this story referred to the grassy area in the center of Pennsylvania Avenue as a boulevard rather than a median.  The Hill Rag regrets any confusion.

With gratitude to colleagues at DC News Now

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