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Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 07/28/2012

Two women hurt in early Saturday U St. NW shooting

Two women were injured early Saturday in a shooting incident that followed another just a week ago in the entertainment corridor along U Street NW.

D.C. police said two women received non-life-threatening injuries when they were shot near 12th and U Streets NW about 1 a.m. Saturday.

Last Saturday at about 2:45 a.m., two women were shot, each in a leg, after two groups of men who were arguing open fired. Three men were arrested in that incident.

Police have no suspects in the most recent shooting, and don’t know if it was related to last week’s incident, Officer Hugh Carew said Saturday afternoon. The women, who did not know each other, were unable to give police a description of the person or persons who shot them.

Carew said “it’s hard to say” whether the two shootings are related without additional information.

Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), who represents the area, said even though the incidents took place within a block of each other, the circumstances of the two shootings are different. Last week’s shooting grew out of an altercation, while the most recent one appears to be random and out of the blue.

“Witnesses said they heard a pop-pop and people believed it was a BB gun,” Graham said. Instead, council member said police found shell casings “for a very low-caliber weapon.”

Graham said the most recent shooting was “very, very troubling because we’ve got what appears to be innocent bystanders”being shot. Graham said anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information about it should call police at 202-727-9099.

This item has been updated.

By Vanessa Williams  |  03:01 PM ET, 07/28/2012

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