Two shootings wound two people in Anacostia

December 3, 2013

Two men were shot and wounded Monday night in separate attacks that happened about an hour apart and within a half-mile of each other in Anacostia, D.C. police said.

Officials did not immediately link the two violent episodes, which began when a man was seriously wounded by gunfire in the 1500 block of U Street SE about 9:45 p.m., said Officer Paul Metcalf, a police spokesman. The victim was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

A little more than a hour later, police responded to another shooting just about three blocks away in the 1900 block of 17th Street SE and found a man shot multiple times, officials said. The victim suffered critical injuries, police said.

No further information could be learned about a motive in either shooting.

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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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