MPD released these stills from surveillance video
28 year old Michael Whatley Jr. of SE DC has been arrested in connection with yesterday's armed robbery and shooting at the Whole Foods (600 H St. NE). About 10:50am the suspect, dressed in a long coat and hooded sweatshirt, and wearing a mask to obscure his face, entered the grocery store, approached a cashier and demanded money while brandishing a gun. The cashier struggled with the gunman, and was shot. At this point the gunman fled the scene, apparently in a Zipcar. The cashier sustained serious, but non-life threatening, injuries and was rushed to the hospital. Whatley has been charged with Assault with Intent to Rob while Armed (Gun).
The robbery and shooting shocked employees, customers, and the larger neighborhood. The Washington Post appears to have the most detailed coverage, and it describes customers and employees rushing to clear the immediate scene of the shooting. Once the shot was fired employees began rushing customers back into food preparation areas to take cover. Some customers and employees fled out a rear door. A neighbor posted to Nextdoor a photo taken inside the store after police had arrived. The image shows the checkout lane adjacent to the shooting, which took place in lane 4. A toddler sized coat, a credit card, and a single small child's shoe can be seen in the image. It appears a parent grabbed the child and fled in search of safety. It was a scene that must have played out all over the store on what had seemed a quiet Sunday morning.
Employee shot during robbery try in H Street NE Whole Foods; suspect arrested (Washington Post)
1 Shot in Attempted Robbery at H Street Whole Foods; Suspect Arrested (NBC4)
DC Police arrest Northeast Whole Foods shooting suspect (Fox 5/ WTTG)
The Whole Foods prior to the store's opening in mid-March 2017