Witnesses: Bar Dispute Led to Fatal Shooting in NW; Redskins Player Safe
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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — One man is dead following an overnight shooting near the Farragut North Metro Station in Northwest D.C.
Police say 24-year-old Paul Aime Tanoh Danzo, of Laurel, was shot in the head while inside a car that was parked along the 1700 block of L Street around 2:50 a.m. Thursday.
A witness says the shooting may have been the result of a dispute between patrons of a nearby bar where several NFL players, including Washington Redskins running back Evan Royster, appeared earlier that evening.
Royster is safe and left the event before the shooting occurred a source confirms to WNEW.
The event — dubbed ‘Scandal Wednesdays’ — was a birthday celebration for former Syracuse University football player Donte Davis who starred at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Va.
Royster also attended Westfield High School where he was recruited by Penn State.
New York Giants defensive end Adrian Tracy was also scheduled to appear.
It is unclear whether the shooting had anything to do with the event.
“There was a scuffle in front of the club,” the witness said. “Somebody got thrown across the sidewalk. He got up, said a few words and walked away.”
A few minutes later multiple gunshots were fired, another witness tells WNEW’s John Domen.
“I walked out and I heard people say somebody got shot, somebody got shot,” he describes. “I thought they were joking because people were standing around. Then they said the guy in the Beamer got shot. I walked over there and looked in. It looked like he had a gunshot wound to his head and it looked like he was dying.”
The man was taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead around 3:35 a.m., official say.
Police are reviewing video surveillance from the scene.
Traffic is again flowing on L Street between Connecticut Avenue and 17th Street. The road had been closed for hours as police investigated the shooting.
Redskins officials did not respond when asked for comment.