A young man was shot several times and killed Wednesday afternoon in front of a shopping center a few blocks from the Anacostia Metro station in Southeast Washington, according to D.C. police.

The victim was 18 or 19 years old, but was not immediately identified. Asst. Police Chief Peter Newsham said the man died shortly after arriving at an area hospital.

The shooting occurred about 1:35 p.m. near the front entrance to the Stanton Shopping Plaza. Police had a lengthy crime scene taped off, with several evidence markers placed in the street. Newsham said the shooting occurred in the middle of the street and that the victim was struck several times.

A woman who lives in an apartment overlooking the crime scene said she heard eight to 10 shots but didn’t see anything. “It’s got to stop,” the woman said of the violence. “There are too many kids out here.” The woman declined to give her name, citing the violence.

It was the ninth slaying in the District this year, and came a day after the bodies of a man and a woman were found shot to death inside a house in Northwest Washington, near Howard University.

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