Two men were killed yesterday in separate incidents in Southeast Washington, raising the number of slayings in the District this year to 46, police said.
The body of Charles Russell, 29, was found shortly before 3 p.m. behind an apartment complex at 16th and Butler streets SE, police said. Russell, a Baltimore resident, had been shot several times in the chest, police said. They said they did not have a suspect or motive.
Less than three hours later, police found Walter Thompson, 38, with stab wounds in a parking lot in the 2400 block of Hartford Street SE. Thompson, who lived in the 1000 block of Wahler Place SE, was taken to Greater Southeast Community Hospital and was pronounced dead at 7:15 p.m. Police said they did not have a suspect or motive.
In Northeast Washington last night, two persons were seriously wounded in separate stabbings. One of the victims, identified by police as a woman in her late twenties, was found lying on a corner in the 600 block of Orleans Place NE about 8:30 p.m. Police said she had been stabbed in the throat. She was taken to Washington Hospital Center and was listed in critical condition.
An hour later, an unidentified man was stabbed in the 1500 block of Channing Street NE and was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he was listed in serious condition.
Police said they lacked suspects and motives in each incident.
Earlier yesterday, Eric Gatlin, 33, was shot and seriously wounded after arguing with two men in the 1300 block of Clifton Street NW about noon. Gatlin, who lives on that block, was taken to Howard University Hospital and was listed in stable condition last night, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Gatlin had argued with the other men over money, police said.