Police-involved shooting reported at Wharf

One person was seriously wounded Saturday night in a police-involved shooting along the Southwest Waterfront, authorities said.

The person shot was taken to a hospital in critical conditions, a spokesman for the D.C. fire department said.

The shooting was reported at about 9:15 p.m. in the 800 block of Wharf Street SW, said the spokesman, Vito Maggiolo.

It was not immediately clear in what way the police were involved in the shooting. 

However, there was no indication late Saturday that an officer had been struck by gunfire.

A second person may have also been injured in the incident, according to Maggiolo. He said the nature of the injury was not clear, but rescue personnel were looking into the possibility that it was a graze wound.

Wharf Street is in the midst of a relatively new restaurant, residential and nightlife area along the Washington Channel in the city’s Southwest quadrant.

It is full of electrified signage, and has rapidly become a major center for after-dark entertainment. 

Almost immediately after the gunfire, posts appeared on Twitter, reporting that large numbers of firefighters and police officers were rapidly arriving at the scene.

In an account posted on Twitter, one person told of walking through the area “when all of a sudden we heard a ‘pop’ and started seeing people running away from the 800 block of Wharf Street.”