Local Digest: 6 hurt in 4 Washington shootings

THE DISTRICT
Six people wounded in four shootings

Six people were wounded in four shootings in the District during an 11-hour period over the weekend, but police said the incidents appear to be unrelated.

In the first, on Saturday afternoon, police said a Northeast man was shot multiple times in the leg by two men who pulled up beside him in a dark blue vehicle on Hanna Place SE, near 51st Street SE.

Two more people were shot just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the 600 block of Otis Place NW. The victims told police that a man began firing into a crowd. One woman from Riverdale was shot in the foot, and a woman from Southeast was shot in the leg. Both were taken to the hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening.

About three hours later, police said two District men heard rapid gunfire while walking through the alley behind the 1600 block of 17th Street SE. One of the men from Northeast was shot in the back and taken to the hospital. He is in stable condition, police said.

In the fourth shooting at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, two men from Silver Spring were shot in the 1400 block of Bangor Street SE. One man was shot in the arm and the other in the abdomen.

Police did not provide information about suspects or motives for the shootings. They are continuing to investigate.

“These shootings appear to be isolated,” said Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman. “When there are shootings like this, there’s a perception that crime is on the rise. But overall, violent crimes are still down throughout the city.”

— Ann E. Marimow

VIRGINIA
Wrong-way driver dies; baby born early

A driver heading the wrong way on the Fairfax County Parkway hit another car head-on early Sunday morning, killing himself and causing a pregnant woman in the other vehicle to give birth to a baby that is now in serious condition.

The crash occurred north of Braddock Road about 1:40 a.m., Fairfax County police said. A preliminary investigation showed that Abraham Aragon, 44, of Manassas drove his Mazda MX3 Coupe north in the southbound lanes of the road. Some cars swerved out of the way to avoid crashes, police said.

Aragon was pronounced dead at the scene. The 30-year-old driver of the Avalon and his 29-year-old wife suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, but the woman went into early labor and gave birth to a baby girl. The newborn is being treated at a hospital, police said.

Detectives are investigating whether alcohol played a role in the crash, police said.

Police ask anyone with information about the crash to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

— Justin Jouvenal

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