Robber Accidentally Shoots Accomplice: Cops

Shooting briefly suspended early voting Saturday

Sunday, Apr 1, 2012  |  Updated 8:33 PM EDT
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Robber Accidentally Shoots Accomplice: Cops

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Two people have been arrested after a shooting near a D.C. recreation center that briefly suspended early voting Saturday afternoon.

Police were called to the intersection of 3rd and Van Buren Streets outside the Takoma Aquatic Center at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday after the shooting was reported. Officers found the shooting victim and transported him to a local hospital with a gunshot wound to his shoulder. Authorities say the victim was "conscious and breathing" and his injury is not life-threatening.

After further investigation, police say the shooting victim was actually a robbery suspect. Investigators say he was one of three masked men who tried to rob four people along the 300 block of Van Buren.

Police say one of the robbers had a gun which went off and hit one of his accomplices. The four robbery victims fled the scene, unharmed. The suspect who was struck and another suspect were arrested and charged with armed robbery, according to investigators. A third suspect is still at large.

The Center was hosting early voting for Tuesday's Presidential Preference and Congressional and Council Primary election. The District of Columbia's Board of Elections briefly suspended early voting before re-opening the center for voters at around 4:15 p.m Saturday.

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