Man critically wounded in Northeast

A man was shot and critically wounded Saturday evening in Northeast Washington, police said.

Officers were called to the 1100 block of 21st Street about 6:30 p.m. in response to the sound of shots, officials said. Police found the victim, who was taken to a hospital with life-threatening wounds.

Homicide detectives were called to investigate, but police did not immediately know what prompted the shooting.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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