Authorities said a gunman dressed as a cop, complete with a “police” vest and a fake badge, shot and wounded a boy and a man in Washington, DC on Tuesday.
The suspect entered a residential facility for juveniles awaiting trial by introducing himself as a police officer serving a warrant on one of the residents, NBC 4 Washington reported.
Surveillance video showed the phony cop wearing a vest with “police” printed on the front and back, as well as a star-shaped badge on a chain around his neck.
Once inside the privately owned facility, the intruder allegedly produced a handgun and fired multiple shots, striking an adult man and a teenage boy. He then fled in a dark-colored Honda.
Officers were called to the scene just after 3 p.m. on a report of a shooting and found an adult man and a teenage boy suffering from gunshot wounds.
The victims were taken to area hospitals to be treated for serious injuries. Their conditions were unknown Thursday.
According to Metropolitan Police Department Cmdr. John Haines, the perp appeared to have specifically targeted the young victim.
“He recognized that individual who was in the facility, immediately pulled out a handgun, and began shooting at that individual,” Haines said.
According to the cop, the adult victim is a facility employee who was a “innocent” bystander.
Besides the fake police getup, the gunman was last seen wearing a grey beanie with the phrase “think positive” stitched across the back.
Police are offering a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone with information that leads to the suspect’s arrest and conviction.