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There was a shooting at the iHop in Columbia Heights in Washington D.C. on Sunday, March 11.
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There was a shooting at the iHop in Columbia Heights in Washington D.C. on Sunday, March 11.

A weekend shooting at DC USA, a D.C. shopping center central to revitalization in the District is raising questions about safety in the area. Four years, almost to the day of its grand opening in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, there was a shooting at the District's largest retail operation.

"It's the first and only shooting that's happened at the complex, and we don't see it as anything other than a random incident," said David Stein, who manages DC USA.

It happened inside the iHop restaurant early Sunday morning. Police say three suspects were involved in the shooting of a man following an argument.

DC USA opened in March of 2008. The District government teamed up with its developers and invested nearly $50 million. The iHop, which is run by D.C. native and ex-NFL player Tyoka Jackson, opened in 2010. Stein says he doesn't see the shooting as a setback.

But Mount Pleasant resident Kate Broussard said one act of gun violence is one too many.

"It's definitely something where you know as a community member you need to speak up because it spirals out of control if community members don't speak up." Broussard said.

D-C Police are beefing up walking patrols in the area.

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