Gunfire Damages African American Civil War Memorial
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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — A memorial in the District of Columbia recognizing black soldiers who fought in the Civil War has been damaged by gunfire.
Police say gunshots went off early Friday morning near the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum on Vermont Avenue in Northwest.
The director of the memorial says bullet holes were found in the Wall of Honor, which displays the names of more than 200,000 African American soldiers from the Union Army in the war.
“Fortunately, it’s not too much damage; and is something that I think we can repair without too much trouble,” Frank Smith told WNEW’s Kevin Rincon. “This [memorial] has been up here for almost 20 years — this is the first time this has happened. This is a safe neighborhood.”
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, though police say the shots were fired near a Metro station.
The Washington Post reports that more than 60 shots were fired.
Police didn’t immediately announce any arrests, and no one was injured in the shooting.
The African American Civil War Memorial opened its doors in 1999, and more than 200,000 visitors come to the memorial each year, according to its website.