Man is found critically wounded in a BMW

A man was found shot and critically wounded in a car in Northeast Washington Thursday night, where authorities were called for the report of a vehicle accident, D.C. police said.

D.C. fire officials arrived at the 1500 block of Gallatin Street NE about 7:40 p.m. But instead of locating a traffic accident, they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds inside a BMW, said Officer Paul Metcalf, a police spokesman.

The victim, who was not immediately identified, was breathing but unconscious. Authorities took him to a hospital in critical condition, Metcalf said.

As of late Thursday night, investigators had not confirmed where the victim was shot, Metcalf said.

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Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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