2 Men Critically Wounded in Unrelated Shootings

By Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 17, 2008

Two men were shot and critically wounded last night in unrelated incidents, the first near the Farragut North Metro station and the other in the Trinidad neighborhood near Gallaudet University, D.C. police reported.

The first shooting occurred shortly after 10 p.m. at 17th and L streets NW. Officials said a show had just let out from the Meeting Place, a club where Experience Unlimited, a popular local go-go band, was playing. The 29-year-old victim and a friend had walked out of the club and were standing near a silver-gray BMW convertible when they were accosted by a gunman, police said.

The man was shot several times. He was reported to be in critical condition at George Washington University Hospital, where he was undergoing surgery early this morning. His name was not released.

Witnesses told police that they had heard as many as five shots and that the gunman fled in a four-door gray Cadillac with Virginia plates, and that he drove east on L Street NW.

Officers were interviewing patrons of the club and several people who were on nearby streets.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier was at the scene shortly after the shooting but she and other officials soon left to respond to a report of another shooting in the 1100 block of Owen Place NE.

Police were called to the alley in the rear of Owen Place about 10:45 p.m. after gunshots were heard. Police found an 18-year-old man who had been shot multiple times. He was taken to a hospital and was reported to be in grave condition early today.

Officials said they believed the man was assaulted by someone who approached him in the alley from the rear and shot him. The man's name was not released, but family members gathered near the shooting scene as police searched for evidence. The man's mother collapsed and was comforted by Lanier.

Officers were nearby when the shooting occurred. They had been canvassing the neighborhood for information about a woman who was found dead yesterday morning in an alley off Montello Avenue NE, about five blocks away.

D.C. police said no arrests had been made in last night's shootings.

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