Two found dead in car in quiet Northeast D.C. neighborhood

Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, January 23, 2011; 11:00 PM

Two people were found shot to death in a car Sunday night in a section of upper Northeast Washington that neighbors described as generally quiet and free from gun violence.

The victims were found about 7 p.m. in the 100 block of Peabody Street NE in the Lamond Riggs neighborhood.

Neither victim was identified. Both were males, police said, but no ages were released. Police Cmdr. Kimberly Chisley-Missouri said no motive was known.

No description was given of any suspects, but police said a black Scion automobile was seen leaving the area, headed toward the nearby boundary between the District and Maryland.

The killings were the seventh and eighth this month in the District, according to police department figures, and they appeared to be the first double homicide in the city in months.

Based on interviews with neighborhood residents, it appeared the victims were driving when they were attacked and were possibly pursued into the area where they were found.

One resident said the victims' vehicle came to rest against a curb, pointed west on the eastbound side of Peabody Street.

The resident said she was watching television when she heard what sounded like several loud reports in quick succession.

"It was bang, bang, bang, bang," the woman said.

At first, she thought perhaps someone was banging on her window, she said. But her husband told her the sounds were gunshots.

Shortly afterward, she said, a uniformed police officer came to her door and asked whether she had seen or heard anything.

After learning of the fatal shooting, she said, she told the officer she had lived in the neighborhood for 30 years "and nothing like that ever happened."

Another resident of the neighborhood, also interviewed Sunday night, said he had lived nearby even longer.

"I moved here in '56," he said, and "I have never heard any shooting."

The neighborhood includes houses, commercial and institutional properties, and broad, grassy areas. It is northeast of the stretch of Red Line tracks that run between the Fort Totten and Takoma stations.

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