DC officials: 9 shot, 3 dead; arrests, no motive

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
March 31, 2010 08:06




WASHINGTON — A drive-by shooting killed three people and wounded six others in the U.S. capital Tuesday night, and three people were in custody, officials said.

A gunman sprayed bullets "into a crowd," said Police Chief Cathy Lanier. The shootings of six men and three women happened about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in southeastern Washington, D.C., said D.C. Police Department spokesman Officer Hugh Carew. Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer says all the victims were in their 20s and 30s, except for one teenager.

One shooting victim died at the scene, one was dead on arrival at the hospital, and the third died in the operating room, said Carolyn Hammond, spokeswoman for Washington Hospital Center. She said a fourth person was in critical condition late Tuesday.

Three people were arrested and a weapon was recovered, according to police who said they had no motive. The Washington Post reported that police pursued a van from the scene, aided by a helicopter.

Four D.C. officers were slightly injured while chasing a suspect's vehicle into neighboring Prince George's County, authorities said.


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