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U Street NW shooting injures two women a week after similar incident in area

By Vanessa Williams,

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

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

About 2:45 a.m. the previous Saturday, two women were shot, each in a leg, after two groups of men who were arguing opened fire. Three men were arrested in that incident.

Police have no suspects in the most recent shooting, 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 that 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, Graham said, while the most recent one appears to be random.

“Witnesses said they heard a ‘pop-pop’ and people believed it was a BB gun,” Graham said. Police found shell casings “for a very low-caliber weapon,” he said.

Still, Graham said, the shooting Saturday morning was “very, very troubling because we’ve got what appears to be innocent bystanders” being shot.

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