Washington, DC – A Democratic candidate for DC Council At-Large was carjacked at gunpoint at a gas station on Saturday (video below).
The DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has released security footage of the broad-daylight attack in an effort to identify the four masked suspects who pointed a gun in DC Council Candidate Nate Fleming’s face and took off with his car, WUSA reported.
The incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on Jan. 15 at a gas station located on the corner of Minnesota Avenue and Nannie Helen Burroughs, Fleming said in a press release later that day.
Security footage showed Fleming walking to the driver’s side of his car as an SUV pulled up alongside him.
A hooded, masked suspect jumped out of the vehicle and pointed a gun at Fleming, who quickly backed away.
“Give me the keys,” one of the suspects demanded, according to police.
Fleming said in a tweet on Wednesday that he threw his keys up in the air towards his vehicle and took off back towards the store to get help.
Security footage from inside the business showed one of the masked suspects entering the store and forcing Fleming back outside.
“I saw them leave and I went into the store to get help. Then I see someone coming in, he ordered me to leave the store. That was the scariest part,” Fleming tweeted.
The gunmen ultimately fled the scene, taking the SUV and Fleming’s BMW 328i with them, WTOP reported.
The DC Council hopeful said he immediately called police and that several witnesses also saw the attack take place.
“Sadly, I had a feeling this would happen to me and that’s why public safety has always been a top priority in my campaign for DC Council,” Fleming tweeted on Saturday.
Just got carjacked at gunpoint at the gas station on the corner of Minnesota Ave and Nannie Hellen Burroughs. I am okay, but they got my car. Sadly, I had a feeling this would happen to me and that's why public safety has always been a top priority in my campaign for DC Council.
— Nate Fleming (@NateforDC) January 15, 2022
“I’m shocked, angry, and a bit embarrassed,” he said in a press release. “To be threatened at gunpoint is extremely shocking, but sadly I am not surprised to have been attacked given the crisis we are facing with carjackings and violence in general in our city.”
He noted that he is running for office in an effort to increase public safety.
“These carjackings are evidence that the perpetrators of violent crimes are getting younger and younger,” Fleming claimed. “We must attack public safety as a short term issue, but we must recognize that violence is a symptom of long term issues like educational inequality, lack of economic opportunity, and the lack of mental health care in our communities.”
Fleming said he is pushing to dump $20 million into “a young adult employment program focused on underemployed residents” between the ages of 18-30.
He also wants to increase free afterschool programs for every student.
“We must also commit ourselves to ensuring that there is stronger relationship-based policing in our communities,” Fleming continued. “The police responded to this incent quickly and professionally, but we must put our force in position to be more preventative of these types of crimes through stronger, community-based policing.”
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content:
— Lorenzo Hall (@LorenzoHall) January 19, 2022