Washington, D.C., council candidate Nate Fleming (D) said he was “shocked, angry and embarrassed” after he was a victim of a carjacking on Saturday.
In a statement issued Saturday, Fleming said he was about to leave a gas station when four men in an SUV pulled up to his car. They jumped out and pointed a gun at him, demanding his car keys.
The D.C. police said the suspects are four black men who were driving a black BMW 328i with Virginia tags, Wtop News reported.
“I’m shocked, angry, and a bit embarrassed,” Fleming said. “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.”
“The police responded to this incident quickly and professionally, but we must put our force in [a position] to be more preventive of these types of crimes through stronger, community-based policing,” Fleming said.
The Metropolitan Police Department released the surveillance video of the incident.
The politician gave the gunman his keys, who started to drive off with his car. The SUV drove away with three masked individuals inside before coming back to follow Fleming into the gas station’s store.
“Yes, because it happened too quickly,” Fleming clarified Wednesday. “They didn’t want me to use my phone.”
This is an excerpt from The Hill.
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