March 26, 2012
Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Police Cathy L. Lanier Announce Arrest in March 11 Anti-LGBT Shooting at Columbia Heights Restaurant
Suspect Arrested in IHOP Incident; Mayor Says Hate Crimes Will Not Be Tolerated
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier today announced that a suspect had been arrested in a March incident in which a person was shot after allegedly being subjected to anti-gay harassment.
At approximately 6:30 a.m. March 11, officers from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District responded to a reported incident at the International House of Pancakes, located in the DC USA retail complex at the intersection of 14th Street and Irving Street NW. Upon their arrival, they located a victim suffering from a gunshot wound. Personnel from DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment.
Detectives from the Third District reached out to the public for assistance and conducted an extensive investigation into this shooting. Today, MPD closed the case with the arrest of 27-year-old LaShawn Carson, who has been charged with Aggravated Assault while Armed.
“I am pleased and relieved to announce that a suspect in this dastardly crime has been arrested,” Mayor Gray said. “As I said at the time of the shooting, while all crime is horrific and destructive to the fabric of our community, hate crimes are particularly insidious, because they instill fear in an entire group. All of our residents should have the right to walk the streets of our neighborhoods free of fear that they will be targeted because of their identities, beliefs or characteristics.”