Sophia Barnes

One Dead, 1 Hurt in Shooting at Staffing Agency in Northeast DC

"He gave people work," the worker said about the business owner

Police are looking for an armed suspect who shot two people at a temporary staffing service in Northeast D.C., fatally wounding one of them.

A gunman wearing a mask and gloves walked into Trojan Labor, in the 1700 block of Hamlin Street NE, and shot two people in the office area.

David Anthony Remen, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, was pronounced dead. He was 32. 

The owner of the business was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries.  

Police responded before 6 a.m. Both victims were taken to a hospital with serious injuries. A short time later, Remen was pronounced dead.

The office was open at the time of the shooting. Witnesses described chaos, with multiple shots fired.

Detectives are seeking information on any possible motive. 

"This does not appear to be a robbery, because it does not appear he tried to take anything," D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said.

One employee said he couldn't think of anyone who would want to target the victims. 

"He gave people work," the worker said about the business owner. 

The suspect is a black man, between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 feet 2 inches and 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants, and was armed with a gun, Newsham says.

Detectives are reviewing surveillance footage indoors and outdoors. 

Police initially described the victims differently. This story was updated to reflect the latest information.

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