Man Convicted of Shooting Down DC Metro Escalator

A D.C. man was convicted Wednesday of firing a gun down an escalator in the Columbia Heights Metro station on a busy Friday afternoon.

Cesar Morales, 23, chased and shot at his victim as dozens of people were near and inside the station, prosecutors said.

The victim was unharmed, prosecutors said.

Morales was found guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm during a violent crime and other firearm offences.

Alarming video shows two men chasing someone in the station about 12:15 p.m. Aug. 25, 2017.

Both men seen in the video and the victim fled the scene. As police arrived, they spotted two men running from the Metro station. One was later identified as Morales.

Police found Morales a short time later and demanded to see his hands. Morales reached into his waistband and fled, prosecutors say.

Officers saw Morales throw a gun into the front yard of a home on the 3300 block of 16th Street. Morales got away, but was arrested by Montgomery County police nearly a week later.

Police found a shell casing in the Columbia Heights Station that connected the discarded gun to the shooting.

Morales is scheduled to be sentenced in April.

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