Man Fatally Shot at 17th & L NW After Bar Scuffle

Altercation broke out in a bar and spilled out into the street, witnesses said

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013  |  Updated 8:18 PM EDT
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Gunfire erupted on L Street and 17th Street in the Distict, leaving one person dead. News4's Pat Collins reports.

Pat Collins

Gunfire erupted on L Street and 17th Street in the Distict, leaving one person dead. News4's Pat Collins reports.

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Man Fatally Shot at 17th & L NW

Police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting in the Golden Triangle area of the District as 24-year-old Paul Aime Tanoh Danzo of Laurel, Md.

Fatal Shooting at 17th & L NW

A man was shot multiple times shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday -- after witnesses say an altercation broke out in a nearby bar around closing time and spilled out into the street.
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Police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting in the Golden Triangle area of the District as 24-year-old Paul Aime Tanoh Danzo of Laurel, Md.

Danzo was found in his vehicle with multiple gunshots around 2:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of L Street NW, near the Farragut North Metro station.

Police believe the shooting may have happened after an altercation apparently broke out in a nearby club around closing time, and spilled out into the street.

Witnesses reported that the scuffle involved two groups of five to six men each.

"Yeah, there was a scuffle in front of the club over there...," a witness said, but declined to name the venue. "Someone got thrown across the sidewalk, and he got up, said a few words and walked away. So we figured it was over, but I guess they came back to get him."

That witness heard about the shooting about an hour later, he told News4's Megan McGrath.

Danzo was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

There is no information on a suspect or suspects, but police are on the lookout for a black BMW with chrome wheels. They will also review footage from a surveillance camera in the area.

17th Street NW was blocked between K and L streets for several hours while police investigated at the scene. It reopened shortly before 8 a.m., but a section of the sidewalk remained blocked off as the workday began, creating complications for some people who work in the area.

"..I'm probably going to a different office or I'm going to work from home," said one worker. "No one knows what's happening."

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