A man has been shot and killed in downtown D.C. near the Farragut North Metro station, and police are investigating whether the incident was nightclub-related.
About 2:40 a.m. Thursday, officers went to the 1000 block of 17th Street NW and found 24-year-old Paul Aime Tanoh Danzo, of Laurel, in the driver's seat of his vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds. Danzo was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, according to D.C. police.
Lt. Robert Alder said investigators are looking into whether there had been fights at nearby nightclubs and the shooting occurred after an altercation. Police were working Thursday to determine a motive for the slaying.
"We have interviewed some people," Alder said.
According to media reports, a fight had occurred outside of Balletto nightclub prior to the shooting. Bill Hager, a spokesman for the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, told The Washington Examiner on Thursday afternoon that the agency had not received any requests from the police department to close the club.
A sign on Balletto's door Thursday afternoon read, "reopening with our wonderful buffet tomorrow."
A vehicle, described on the police department's Twitter account as a black BMW with chrome wheels, was seen leaving the scene of the shooting. Alder said police were reviewing video surveillance footage in order to get a detailed description of the car.
Anyone with information can call police at 202-727-9099 or send a text message to 50411.
In addition to Balletto, the area where the shooting took place includes office buildings and businesses such as FedEx Office, Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Caribou Coffee.
Ward 2 D.C. Councilman Jack Evans said he doesn't think the shooting will impact people's decision to come to the area.
"It's unfortunate that we had this incident in the first place," Evans said.
Police activity in the area caused some hassles for downtown D.C. workers during the Thursday morning commute. At about 7 a.m., parts of 17th and L streets were blocked off, and officers were in the area advising drivers and pedestrians about alternative routes. But by 8 a.m., the roads had reopened.