A man suspected of shooting a woman and her young son outside their home in Northwest D.C. was arrested Thursday in Virginia, D.C.'s police chief said.
Anthony Bedney, 26, of Northwest D.C., was arrested by the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. He was charged with assault with intent to kill and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.
“We’re thankful. We notified the family of his arrest,” Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee said.
The husband of the woman shot and father of the child thanked police and called for action to stop gun violence.
“I hope that our country that is awash in guns and hate will do what is necessary to protect our most vulnerable, even if it’s hard,” he said in a statement.
A family of four was on the sidewalk outside their home on 10th Street NW near Logan Circle the night of May 18 when Bedney rode up on a scooter, police said. After an argument related to the scooter, he opened fire, critically injuring the mother and one child, police said.
The child's father and sibling were nearby.
The police chief said Thursday that the injured child is no longer hospitalized. His mother is still hospitalized but her condition has improved.
Contee and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser both responded to the shooting scene and expressed their outrage about more senseless gun violence.
Here's the full statement from the family:
"We are extremely grateful to the Metropolitan Police Department for its hard work and to everyone who helped with the investigation and search.
We are overwhelmed by and thankful for all the support and prayers. As my wife and son recover, we continue to ask for privacy as we do the hard work of healing as family.
Gun violence plagues far too many of our communities. I do not wish what happened to my family on anyone, but in our country, I know it inevitably will. I hope that our lawmakers can come together to stop this. I hope our communities can come together to tell individuals with guns who wish to do others harm, that it is unacceptable and they will be caught. And I hope that our country that is awash in guns and hate, will do what is necessary to protect our most vulnerable, even if it’s hard."
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