DC police: Maryland man arrested for shooting 6 people outside club in Dupont Circle

WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said a man from Maryland was responsible for a shooting outside of a nightclub in Dupont Circle on Friday night.

Officers responded to the area outside Decades nightclub in the 1200 block of Connecticut Ave. NW at about 11:21 p.m. There, they found six people who had been shot.

Three men and two women were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. A fourth man was treated at the scene for a graze wound but refused to be taken to the hospital.

Six people shot outside club in Dupont Circle; person in custody

Officers said they arrested 29-year-old Rennwel Mantock, of Hyattsville, Md. A gun was found at the scene.

Detectives said he had been involved in a dispute inside the club. He opened fire after employees removed him from the nightclub.

Alex Colorado, of Arlington, Va., arrived at the club just moments after the shooting.

“It’s…a place that I typically go to probably a couple of times a month with friends,” Colorado said. “And seeing a place impacted like that and, you know, just kind of seeing what’s going on in the city and seeing that happen in a place I like going to [is] really unfortunate.”

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Closure notice outside of Decades. (Dave Leval/DC News Now)
Closure notice outside of Decades. (Dave Leval/DC News Now)

MPD posted a notice that Decades would be closed for four days.

“It’s really sad for the business owners. I mean, it wasn’t really their fault,” said Kyle Hyman of New York City, who would go to the nightclub while in college. “So, you know, I wish them the best. And I hope that they’re going to be able to reopen operations sometime soon.”

Mantock was charged with assault with intent to kill, possession of unregistered ammunition and possession of an unregistered firearm.

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