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13 Hurt in D.C. Shootings From 2 Cars Outside Apartment Building

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 09:34 AM

By Megan Anderle

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A gunman in a speeding car opened fire on a crowd outside a Washington, D.C., apartment building, injuring 13, including one critically, police said.

The shooting occurred around 2:10 a.m. Monday in front of Tyler House, a subsidized-apartment building between New York Avenue and North Capitol Street where violence is prevalent, the Washington Post reported.

Surveillance video showed gunshots fired as two cars sped down the street in rapid succession, while a group of people on the sidewalk scattered and scrambled for cover. The police released the surveillance video to the public in hopes of gathering information on the gunmen. Police said shots came from at least one of the two cars, The Associated Press reported.

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The critically injured victim was shot in the back, police said. None of the other injuries was believed to be life-threatening, and the victims, who were either grazed by bullets or shot in the legs, hands, or other extremities, were reported to be conscious and breathing.

Police didn't have a motive or make any arrests, and detectives were still interviewing witnesses and collecting bullet fragments and other evidence.

Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham said there are many interviews ahead.

Across the street from Tyler House, there is a club. It closed at 2 a.m. It was not clear whether the crowd had come from the club.

Jonique Douglas, 21, had just come out of another nightclub around the corner and was standing in front of Tyler House when the shooting happened.

“Everybody was screaming,” Douglas told the Washington Post. “They shooting like directly at us. . . . It coulda been a bloody mess.”

An adjacent neighborhood, NoMa, is enjoying a bustling redevelopment, with expensive condominiums, upscale grocers, and trendy restaurants. Tyler House, however, remains a stubborn remnant of the area’s history of violence, the Post reported.

Last October, there was a shooting on two weekends in the same area, where multiple people were shot and wounded. Police said it wasn't immediately clear whether there was a connection to this shooting.

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Monday's shooting comes three years after a similar high-profile shooting in the district; in 2010, nine people were shot, three of them fatally, on South Capitol Street, the Post reported.

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