Two dead and seven wounded in Washington DC shooting

The gunfire erupted in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, about 3 km. from the White House on Thursday night.

By REUTERS
September 20, 2019 15:46
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PROTESTERS HOLD signs during a ‘March For Our Lives’ demonstration demanding gun control in Sacramento, California, March 2018. (photo credit: BOB STRONG / REUTERS)

Two shootings in Washington, D.C. left two people dead and seven injured late on Thursday, reports by police and several media outlets said, as authorities on Friday hunted for a pair of suspects from one of the attacks likely armed with an assault rifle.


In the first attack, one man was killed and five people wounded, two of them critically, in a drive-by shooting. The victims had been standing in an apartment building courtyard in the Columbia Heights neighborhood when they were shot, Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Emerman said.
Two suspects were seen in a Nissan sedan and used an "AK style rifle," police said in statement.


"Detectives are interviewing witnesses and looking for camera footage," Emerman said.


About half an hour after the first incident, three people were shot in the northeastern part of the city, leaving one dead, according to NBC's Washington affiliate. There was no initial indication the two shootings were linked, NBC reported, citing police.


DC Police on Twitter confirmed the second shooting in the 1400 block of Rhode Island Avenue just south of the Brookland neighborhood but gave no other details.


ABC affiliate WJLA-TV showed ambulances carrying victims from the scene of the first shooting.


This is a developing story.


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