Man shot in Trinidad near where D.C. police had shot, killed man on Tuesday

December 5, 2013

A man was shot and wounded early Thursday in Northeast Washington’s Trinidad neighborhood, according to D.C. police, near where a fatal shootout involving officers occurred Tuesday night and another shooting happened on Monday.

It is unclear whether the shootings are connected, though police said Tuesday night’s gun battle that left a 19-year-old dead and an officer wounded occurred as they saturated the neighborhood to calm tensions after the incident on Monday.

Few details were available on the latest shooting, which occurred about 12:10 a.m. at Holbrook and Levis streets, just off Bladensburg Road. Authorities reported nearly two dozen gunshots being fired, though the victim was not reported to be in life-threatening condition. Police did not say how many times the man was struck.

On Monday night in the 1600 block of Levis Street, police said one man shot and wounded another, though the victim refused to cooperate with detectives. He instead told them he would take care of the situation himself, according to two police officials.

That prompted commanders to send extra officers to the neighborhood on Tuesday.

Police said 19-year-old Darius Jamal Murphy, stopped and questioned on Levis Street, ran from officers in a gun recovery unit and shot one of them in front of his grandmother’s home in the 1300 block of Queen Street NE.

The officer was treated and released from an areal hospital; Murphy, who lived in Southeast, died at a hospital.

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