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DC Firefighter Shot While Off-Duty

Washington Post via YellowBrix

December 23, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – The off-duty D.C. firefighter who was shot early Wednesday morning is a 25-year-old man who has been with the department for six years, according to authorities.

He has been on leave without pay since March 2010, said Pete Piringer, spokesman for D.C. Fire/EMS. Piringer did not say why he was placed on leave.

The shooting happened sometime before 2 a.m., but it was not clear where because the man drove himself to a local hospital, officials said.

Piringer said it was unclear why the firefighter didn’t call 911 for an ambulance.

Police and fire officials would not release the firefighter’s name because he is a witness in the shooting.

This post has been updated.

A District firefighter was in critical condition Thursday morning at Washington Hospital Center with several gunshot wounds, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported.

Police told the news station that the firefighter, who was off duty at the time, drove himself to the hospital after being shot. He was reportedly undergoing surgery.

The firefighter’s name was not released, and no information about the location or circumstances of the shooting was available.