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September 16th, 2013
03:25 PM ET

D.C. council member describes heroic actions of injured police officer

The Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., remains an active crime scene, after a gunman opened fire in a shooting rampage Monday morning.

But the area is also home to a booming new neighborhood, where several apartment buildings and townhouses have sprung up in the last few years.

D.C. council member and mayoral candidate Tommy Wells is in charge of the task force that supervises the police, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians that responded to the shooting.

Wells highlighted the quick action of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, saying "within seven minutes, an active team ran into danger just while everyone else was running away." The council member also described the moment one police officer confronted the shooter, haling his actions as heroic.

"The incredible heroism of the police officer that's part of the active shooter unit. They went running down the corridor to capture the shooter. Shooter came out, shot him in both legs, and of course, they were able to give him cover. And then, the incredible work of the fire department to get in there and pull him out, and the paramedics that helped him, put him in the ambulance," said Wells.

That police officer was severely wounded and was in surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center Monday afternoon. According to chief medical officer Janis Orlowski, he is expected to survive.

Years ago, there was a lot of violence, mostly gang related, in the Navy Yard neighborhood. But it has undergone a transformation in the last ten years. The hope is that the shooting does not derail the progress of the last decade.

"This is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in America, and it's really one of the best new neighborhoods in America," said Wells.

The new Nationals Park baseball stadium, three new parks, and the development of the nearby riverfront has done a lot to revitalize the area, said Wells.

"This is an amazing new neighborhood and we're going to probably have another 10,000 people move here in the next few years," said Well.

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