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Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Two wounded in shooting near Southeast D.C. site where children were hit earlier this week

Two men were slightly wounded Thursday when gunfire broke out in a Southeast Washington neighborhood where two children were hit by stray bullets earlier in the week, D.C. police said.

The latest incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. in the 2200 block of Savannah Street SE, in the Villages of Parklands neighborhood. The two men appeared to have suffered “graze wounds” that were not considered serious, said Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman.

Early Monday afternoon, as about 30 children from the neighborhood were being escorted along a sidewalk by a volunteer in a summer-activities program, gunfire erupted near the corner of 19th and Savannah streets, a few blocks west of where Thursday’s shooting occurred.

Two of the children, ages 7 and 8, were hit by errant shots — one in the right ankle, one in the right upper back — and a man in his 40s who was escorting the youngsters was wounded in his left thigh, police said. None of the wounds was considered life-threatening.

After Monday’s shooting, neighbors complained of an uptick in violence in the area in recent days. They said about 10 shots were fired Sunday morning, with no one being wounded, in an apparent dispute between groups of young men in the neighborhood.

That gunfire was followed by a “gang fight” later Sunday involving numerous young men, although apparently no shots were fired, said one woman who lives near 19th and Savannah. She said she and her neighbors assume that Monday’s shooting in which the children were wounded was an outgrowth of the violence on Sunday.

Thursday’s shooting was still being investigated by police, who said they did not know if it was related to the earlier gunfire.

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