Gunshots were reported Saturday night near the Northwest Washington entertainment and nightlife hub of Ninth and U streets NW, but no immediate reports of any victims emerged.
Although the sound of gunshots was reported, no victim was located, said Officer Sean Hickman, a police spokesman.
Authorities focused their attention on an automobile parked near the intersection, which had damage consistent with gunshots in the front windshield, according to a witness. Evidence markers had been placed in the street near the vehicle. The markers are often used by police to indicate spots where expended cartridges are found.
A heavy police presence was visible in the area, and a helicopter circled overhead. Part of the roadway in the 2000 block of Ninth Street was shut down by police.