Breaking: Shooting at 14th/Irving, NW.

Joe McNally, a famous National Geographic photographer, once said:

"If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff."

As opposed to standing, sometimes an opportunity comes along that's just so well-placed in front of you that you can't help but rocket out the door, grabbing your camera and an extra lens on the way out. 


The dispatch: WASHINGTON, DC (DC) *SHOOTING* 14TH X IRVING STS NW. 2 SHOT. SHELL CASINGS IN FRONT OF 5 GUYS. MPD 3RD DIST.

The plan: No, don't go street level… go up! (The street was already blocked off, and I wouldn't be able to see anything through the crowds gathered behind the yellow tape. Time to go bird's-eye view with it!)

All I can say is… thank God for telephoto lenses.

EDIT: The first two images were removed in order to avoid any legal complications stemming from disseminating images of the victims. The captions remain for informational purposes. Yes, I'm aware it loses the impact; but I don't need to get in trouble for a couple of pixels.
Victim 1 was shot six times in the lower extremities, and 
transported via Medic 12 to Washington Hospital Center.


Victim 2 was apparently grazed by a bullet near the Metro entrance, 
and transported to an unknown hospital via Medic 24.

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Oh, Columbia Heights… what would I do without you?

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