2 victims of D.C. shootings die of injuries

By Clarence Williams and Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, June 20, 2010

Two of the six people shot late Friday night in two separate incidents in the District have died, D.C. police said. One victim was a 16-year-old District youth and the other was a 36-year-old Clinton man.

The shootings occurred within an hour and 10 minutes, one in the 5900 block of Georgia Avenue in the Brightwood section of Northwest and the other miles away in the 800 block of Yuma Street in the Washington Highlands section of Southeast.

The four other victims in the shootings suffered wounds that were not considered life-threatening.

The slain teenager was identified Saturday by police as Jamaal Bell of First Street NW. Police said early Saturday that he was one of three people shot about 11:30 p.m. after a go-go concert in the Georgia Avenue corridor. Several fights broke out during the concert and it was ended early, police said.

A group of young people, many of them described as teenagers, began walking away from the scene of the concert, heading south along Georgia Avenue.

Just below Peabody Street, near Missouri Avenue NW, they encountered a larger group of about 50 people who had gathered there, police said. According to a preliminary investigation, shots were fired toward the smaller group.

Bell was hit in the head. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, police said.

Two young women, who were in their late teens, were struck in the legs. They walked to a nearby firehouse to call for help. They were also taken to hospitals by D.C. fire and emergency medical services workers.

A fourth person was injured at the scene, and at first authorities thought that he had been shot. It was later determined that he was injured when a window was smashed.

The man killed in the night's other shooting was identified by police as Cornell K. Yates of Bickford Avenue in Clinton.

Police said early Saturday that a group had gathered on Yuma Street when someone walked up about 10: 20 p.m. and fired.

Yates died at a hospital. The two wounded people, who were described as being in their 30s or 40s, were also taken to hospitals.

No motive was given in the shootings. As of late Saturday, no arrests had been reported.

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