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Two teens wounded in Hyattsville shooting

Two teenagers were wounded Wednesday night on a residential street in Hyattsville when a group of three men approached them and one of them opened fire, city police said.

Officials believe that a group of male teens, between ages 15 and 17, were walking in the 5700 block of 30th Street when they were approached by three Hispanic men between the ages of 18 and 20, just before 8 p.m. One of the men produced a black handgun and fired at the victims, striking one in the face, arm and multiple times in the torso. A second teen was hit in the right side, while the third ran and escaped unharmed.

Both shooting victims were taken to hospitals. The teen who was wounded multiple times was listed in critical condition, said Hyattsville police chief Doug Holland. The second teen was treated at a hospital and released.

Holland said there was no indication that an argument had preceded the gunshots. Police were trying to determine what prompted the attacks.

Police said three bullets crashed into a nearby house. Residents were inside at the time, but no one inside was injured.

After the shootings, the suspects ran to a brown Jeep Cherokee that was parked nearby, police said. The Jeep was driven by a fourth person, who was described as a heavy-set Hispanic male, bald with facial hair, who wore a blue basketball-style jersey.

Police described the gunman as an Hispanic male with a thin build, between 18 to 20 years old, who wore a black hat with white writing, a long black t-shirt, khaki pants, black Nike Cortez shoes and was armed with a black handgun.

The second suspect was described as an Hispanic male with a thin build, who wore a blue hat, plaid button-down shirt, a white t-shirt, jeans and blue Adidas shoes with white stripes.

The third suspect was described only as an Hispanic male between 18 and 20 years old, with a thin build.

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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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