Search for suspects after a Molotov cocktail detonation
Three explosions occurred in Washington, DC over the weekend in what appeared to be targeted attacks on businesses.
Explosions hit an ATM, a Nike store and a Safeway grocery store around 4.30am on Sunday.
The suspect remains at large and police are searching for a vehicle used in the blasts.
The attacks all happened within 15 minutes. The first occurred when the suspect blew up an ATM in front of Truist Bank on the 2300 block of Washington Place in northeast Washington.
After leaving the scene in the car, the suspect detonated a second explosion at the Nike store on the 700 block of H Street at 4:36 a.m.
Nine minutes later, a Molotov cocktail-style explosive was thrown at the Safeway grocery store on the 300 block of 40th street before the suspect left the crime scene again by car.
No injuries were reported and the Metropolitan Police said the suspect did not appear to be targeting the public as the blasts took place inside closed shops.
DC residents in fear
A political adviser who lives in the apartments above Truist Bank spoke of her horror when the explosive device in front of the ATM below detonated while she slept.
Amanda Koski narrated The Independent: “The noise woke me up. I have PTSD and when it happened I was frozen and originally thought it was gunshots.
“When I looked through my window, I saw shattered glass, so I originally thought someone shot the bench.”
She said the neighborhood was eerily quiet after the blast before police and firefighters arrived at the scene.
The 32-year-old shared photos of the damage on social media.
Rachel SharpJuly 3, 2023 2:20 p.m
The series of attacks all happened within 15 minutes in the early hours of Sunday morning – at a time when the city’s streets were deserted.
Around 4:30 a.m., the unknown suspect detonated an explosive device on the sidewalk in front of the Truist Bank ATM on the 2300 block of Washington Place in the northeast of the city.
After fleeing the scene in a vehicle, the suspect struck a second time – this time targeting the Nike store on the 700 block of H Street.
At 4:36 a.m., the device detonated on the sidewalk in front of the shop doors, before the suspect again fled the scene in his car.
Just nine minutes later, the same suspect reportedly threw a “Molotov cocktail-like object” at the Safeway store on Block 300 of 40th Street.
The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle.
All three sites were damaged by the blasts, but no casualties were reported.
The Metropolitan Police Department said that in each of the attacks the suspect targeted commercial establishments, all of which were closed at the time, and that he did not appear to have targeted any members of the public.
Rachel SharpJuly 3, 2023 2:10 p.m
“I saw shattered glass, so originally I thought someone shot the bench.”
Shops were closed at the time of the incident and no one was injured. MPD said in a statement that the perpetrators appeared to have targeted commercial establishments but not members of the public.
The Metropolitan Police released surveillance images of the suspect – dressed in black trousers and a white and cream hooded top – and a vehicle wanted in connection with the attacks.
The vehicle is a gold or champagne colored Acura TL with Maryland registration 17971CK.
Images shared by DC resident Amanda Koski, 32 Twitter showed damage to one of the target structures.
“The noise woke me up. I have PTSD and when it happened I was frozen and originally thought it was gunshots. When I looked through my window, I saw shattered glass, so I initially thought someone had shot the bench,” Ms Koski said The Independent.
Ms. Koski, who works as a political adviser, lives in the apartments above Truist Bank.
She said it was eerily quiet in the neighborhood before MPD and firefighters arrived at the scene.
Andrea BlancoJuly 3, 2023 1:56 p.m
DC Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect
DC police are asking the public for help in identifying the suspect after the three blasts that shook northeastern parts of the US capital Sunday morning.
Gustav KilanderJuly 3, 2023 1:42 p.m
A Nike store in DC, Safeway and an ATM were attacked with explosives. Now the hunt for a hooded suspect begins
In the middle of the night of July 4th weekend, explosive devices were detonated at three Washington DC companies one after the other.
First, an ATM was targeted. Then a nearby Nike store was damaged. Finally, a Safeway supermarket was attacked.
The attack has left the country’s capital embarrassed and confused as to who the perpetrator(s) are and what their motive might be.
Now the hunt for a mysterious hooded figure and a suspicious vehicle begins.
Here’s what we know so far:
Rachel SharpJuly 3, 2023 1:27 p.m
Three Washington DC businesses were attacked with explosives while a hooded suspect was at large
According to law enforcement officials, explosive devices were detonated in front of three Washington DC businesses in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The first attack occurred around 4:30 a.m. when the suspect detonated an explosive device on the sidewalk in front of the Truist Bank ATM on the 2300 block of Washington Place.
Moments later, at around 4:36 a.m., another device exploded outside a Nike store on the 700 block of H Street.
After fleeing the scene in a car, a nearby Safeway grocery store was attacked with a “Molotov cocktail-like object” around 4:45 a.m., police said.
Explosive devices exploded in Washington DC
The Metropolitan Police released surveillance images of the suspect – dressed in black trousers and a white and cream hooded top – and a vehicle wanted in connection with the attacks
Andrea BlancoJuly 3, 2023 1:25 p.m