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D.C. shooting suspect arrested in Parsons 

CLARKSBURG — A Washington, D.C., man who was wanted for assault with a dangerous weapon was arrested Tuesday in Parsons.

Romair McKnight, 30, was taken into custody without incident at about noon near Overlook Drive.

McKnight was wanted by the Metropolitan Police Department for assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.

Mcknight was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service Mountain State Fugitive Task Force with assistance from the Parsons Police Department, Tucker County Sheriff’s Office and the West Virginia Division of Corrections.

McKnight is alleged to have shot another man in the hand Feb. 24 near the McDonalds at 3901 Minnesota Ave. NE. The victim was waiting in the drive-thru line when McKnight is alleged to have exited the vehicle in front of him, stumbled toward his vehicle and began shooting at him.

The victim drove away from the area to a local firehouse for assistance. McKnight also fled the area prior to law enforcement’s arrival. The shooting was captured by a Shotspotter camera.

Investigative efforts led investigators to an associate’s residence in the Overlook Drive area of Parsons. McKnight was found at the residence and taken into custody. Prior information provided by Metropolitan Police detectives that McKnight had attempted to change his appearance by cutting his hair and shaving his beard was confirmed when the suspect was arrested.

McKnight will be scheduled to appear before a U.S. Magistrate for his initial appearance on the charges. If detained, he will be lodged at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail. The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force is composed of multiple agencies in the area.

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