WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP)— The National Zoo’s director says he’s rethinking security plans after a shooting near the popular destination.
Police say two 18-year-old men were shot blocks from the zoo after its annual Easter Monday family event, but their injuries were not thought to be life threatening. Zoo police Chief Terrell Wilson said at a community meeting Wednesday that D.C. police followed social media chatter that that there might be some activity at the zoo that day.
Residents of the surrounding neighborhood at the meeting asked why zoo officials don’t use metal detectors, search bags or restrict groups of teenagers without adult supervision.
“We may have to rethink that. We may have to rethink everything,” Zoo Director Dennis Kelly said.
Officials say those options are being considered, but add they would also fundamentally “change the zoo.”
“We are Washington, D.C.’s favorite place for families with children, but the only way we can maintain that is to assure people we have a safe environment,” Kelly said.
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