A vehicle going at a high-rate of speed on a bustling road struck two Washington D.C. cops and a city transportation laborer on Thursday evening, police said.
The incident occurred around 9 p.m. ET in the Adams Morgan district in North West of the city.
The victims’ status
The Metropolitan Police Department of D.C. policemen along with bicycle patrol officers on duty and a traffic control aide were rushed to a hospital.
One officer went from critical condition to serious condition at night. The other officer and the traffic control aide had minor injuries and were in a stable condition on Friday morning.
It is still unknown whether the policemen and the city Department of Transportation worker were in a crosswalk when they were struck.
Arresting the suspects
The driver of a white pickup vehicle hit the three victims, didn’t stop and continued driving as if nothing had happened. The truck passed through an intersection and struck an empty vehicle past Columbia Road, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said.
The vehicle had two people inside the car who were arrested immediately. The first one is 23-year-old Dwayne Nicholas Taylor, of Prince George, Virginia who is being charged for ownership of unregistered and illegal gun or destructive device.
The second one is Brandon Figures-Mormon, 22, of Disputanta, Virginia. Who is being accused of assault with intentions of murder as well as ownership of unregistered and illegal weapon or destructive device.
A possible terrorist attack?
The motive behind the incident is still unknown. However, on a news meeting on Thursday evening, some people asked Newsham if terrorism was a possible motive.
“We have to look at that very closely.” Newsham answered the question. “We do not have a motive at this point.”