Two teenagers, a 16- and 19-year-old, are now facing charges of assault with intent to kill after they allegedly shot a man aboard a Green Line metro train in Washington, D.C., this week in the latest of a series of incidents on D.C. Metro.
Metro Transit Police said the 24-year-old victim was shot on the train as it approached the Anacostia station in the District. He was found on the platform at 12:45 p.m. Feb. 23.
Authorities tweeted images of the two, seeking information from the public, and they identified the older suspect as Andre Broadie, of Northeast Washington. They later apprehended the alleged assailants the same day after identifying them via surveillance technology.
The victim was released from the hospital on Feb. 24.
The cause of the shooting is still unknown, but police are seeking to have the 16-year-old—who was identified as the shooter—tried as an adult.
NBC Washington also reported that the 16-year-old was a suspect in a 7-Eleven robbery in 2015.
Metro Transit Police Chief Ronald A. Pavlik Jr. said he could not remember anyone firing a gun aboard a Metro train in the last 20 years, according to the Washington Post.
“This was a truly anomaly event,” he said.
Pavlik and Metro’s General Manager and CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld on Feb. 25 announced plans to increase patrols onboard buses, trains and within Metrorail stations using existing resources.
Among other steps, MTPD will transfer responsibility for securing revenue to an outside firm, a move that would immediately free up 11 officers and another six within 60 days.
“Every Metro rider deserves to be able to travel freely without fear, and we will take all appropriate steps to reassure riders and respond to crime trends,” Pavlik said in a statement.