Police investigate four shootings in D.C.

May 16, 2013

Four people were shot and wounded in the District Wednesday and Thursday, according to D.C. police, one in Petworth and three in two incidents in Southeast Washington.

One shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. in the 2400 block of Elvans Road, near the Forest Ridge apartment complex just off Suitland Parkway, near where a 3-year-old girl was struck by a stray bullet last week.

Officer Anthony Clay, a D.C. police spokesman, said two men were walking along the street when they were confronted by up to three men, one of whom had a handgun. The victims told police the gunman opened fire without provocation, striking one man in the arm and back and the other in the leg.

Clay said the injuries did not appear to be life threatening, and no description of the assailants was available. The shootings occurred just outside the apartment complex where on May 9 a toddler playing on a third story balcony was struck by gunfire. The girl was not seriously injured.

Police said it appeared that gunshots in that case also came from Elvans Road and released a video showing the shooter. No arrests have been made in either case.

Another shooting in Southeast Thursday afternoon occurred about a mile away, in the 1200 block of Talbert St. SE. Police said a man was found critically wounded at about 3:30 p.m.

The first incident occurred at about 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Clay said an adult male walking in the 800 block of Buchanan St. NW in the Petworth neighborhood was accosted by a man wearing a black ski mask and carrying a handgun.

The victim told police that the man “converged and started shooting,” striking him twice in the right arm. The man was treated at an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

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