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One dead, eight others injured in two shootings in the District late Thursday, police say

The Washington Post logoThe Washington Post 20-09-2019 Clarence Williams, April Bethea

Rescue vehicles are seen following a shooting in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 19, 2019, in this picture obtained from social media. © Chris G Collison/Reuters Rescue vehicles are seen following a shooting in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 19, 2019, in this picture obtained from social media.

Nine people were shot, including one fatally, in two incidents late Thursday in Washington, D.C. police said. 

In the first shooting, one man was killed and five other adults were wounded in the courtyard of an apartment complex in the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW in Columbia Heights, said Cmdr. Stuart Emerman of the 3rd District. The shooting was reported about 10:05 p.m.

a car stopped at a red light at night: D.C. police and fire department responded to the report of a shooting just after 10 pm on Columbia Heights. © Clarence Williams D.C. police and fire department responded to the report of a shooting just after 10 pm on Columbia Heights.  

Five of the victims were men and one was a woman, police said. Emerman said the surviving victims had injuries ranging from non-life-threatening to critical. D.C. police were searching for two “males armed with AK style rifle,” last seen in the rear of the complex, according to a tweet sent out by the department around midnight.

Police are not yet sure what led to the shooting and are trying to gather surveillance video from the area.

The second shooting was reported about 10:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Rhode Island NE. Three people were shot, including one man who was unconscious and not breathing, said Officer Sean Hickman.

The two other victims of that shooting, a man and a woman, were both conscious and breathing, police said. Police said it was unclear whether the two shootings were connected. D.C. Council Member Brianne K. Nadeau (D-Ward 1) issued a statement on Twitter after the Columbia Heights shooting.

“It is beyond time to stop the epidemic of gun violence in the country, and I will not stand by while the residents of Columbia Heights are again visited by the horrible spectre of violence,” she wrote.



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