Two bystanders were hospitalized with gunshot wounds and two youths were in police custody last night after a fight over a pair of designer sunglasses apparently sparked a shooting in Northeast Washington, witnesses and D.C. police said.
Corey Terrell, 16, of 4616 Hayes St. NE, and Jacqueline McKay, 26, of 304 50th St. NE -- both apparently bystanders -- were taken to D.C. General Hospital with gunshot wounds after the 8:30 p.m. incident near the corner of 50th Street NE and Banks Place, police said.
Terrell was listed in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the lower back yesterday evening and McKay was in critical condition as she entered surgery for a wound to the left abdomen, a hospital spokeswoman said. A police spokeswoman said there may also have been other injuries in the incident.
Christopher Lewis, who saw the shooting, said four to six youths from outside the neighborhood accosted a boy near the Lincoln Heights Apartments and demanded his designer sunglasses.
After a fistfight between the owner of the sunglasses and one of the outsiders, the group left in a truck and apparently returned with weapons, Lewis said.
One of the outsiders then began fighting again with the sunglasses' owner, and when bystanders tried to intervene, a youth from the truck pulled out a gun and began firing at random. The boy with the sunglasses escaped unharmed.