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D.C. police investigating spate of shootings across District

Ten people were shot — two fatally — in bursts of gunfire across the District from Wednesday night through Friday morning, keeping D.C. police racing from crime scene to crime scene and frightening residents in some neighborhoods not accustomed to violence.

On Friday, a man was shot in the abdomen about 3 a.m. in Southeast and another was shot and killed about 8:30 Friday morning near a public housing complex in Northeast’s Eckington neighborhood. He was identified as 24-year-old Vernon Davis of Northeast.

Violence on Thursday included one shooting with minor injuries in Southeast and a 16-year-old who was struck in the buttocks and stomach in Northwest’s Brightwood neighborhood. Two other shootings that night have created stirs in their communities.

One occurred on a quiet residential street in Northwest’s Shepherd Park, where a man shot five times was found splayed atop the hood of a car. His condition was described as critical at an area hospital.

Another happened in Logan Circle, one of the District’s newest, bustling entertainment areas, at a time when many people were walking or dining at sidewalk tables. The victim, shot in the hip, collapsed on 14th Street; his injuries were not considered to be serious.

Police were looking at damage from a stray bullet that apparently crossed four lanes of 14th Street and punctured a window of a liquor store adjacent to a restaurant crowded with people eating on an outdoor patio.

On Wednesday night, minutes before midnight, four people were shot in Sursum Corda in Northwest. One man died in what D.C. Police Cmdr. Daniel P. Hickson, head of the 1st District station, described at a community meeting as a botched robbery by three masked men. “No robbery was ever announced because the people fled — as soon as they saw the gunman, they fled,” Hickson told a small gathering Friday at Mt. Airy Baptist Church. “They were chased and shot.”

Authorities said very little on Friday about the surge of violence, and most of the shootings appeared to be unconnected. No arrests have been made in any of the cases.

A police report indicates that the Shepherd Park victim, a 33-year-old Hagerstown man, was targeted. It occurred about 10:15 p.m. in the 1400 block of Jonquil Street NW, and the shooter apparently drove off with the victim’s silver-gray 2012 Dodge Durango with Massachusetts plates. A police report says the vehicle is a rental and that the victim told police he knew who had shot him. Police also said the victim had crack cocaine on him.

Police said the man had been shot once in the right side of the head, once in each hand, once in the lower body and once in the right leg.

One resident who lives on Jonquil Street told police about seeing a suspicious man pacing between cars last week. Residents described hearing up to six gunshots — one said there was a burst of three, a pause, and then four more.

Grant Thompson, 72, said he heard the noise but never thought it was gunfire. A neighbor called him frantically, and he rushed outside to see the wounded man on the hood of his car.

“It was just covered in blood,” Thompson said.

D.C. police released few details of the shooting in Logan Circle, which occurred about 9 p.m. on Riggs Street, just off 14th Street between R and S streets, where the victim collapsed with the wound to his hip.

At the time of the shooting, the area was busy with pedestrians and diners, some of whom ran when they heard the gunshots. The area is part of a stretch of road lined with more than 40 bars and restaurants.

One man who lives in an apartment steps from the shooting, who did not want to be identified because the gunman has not been caught, said police told him the shooting was part of a robbery attempt.

The shooting occurred in front of a building that used to be subsidized apartments and is now filled with luxury condos selling in the $800,000 range. “Everyone jokes how far 14th Street has come,” the man neighborhood said. “But there’s still a little bit of grittiness left.”

Clarence Williams contributed to this report.

Victoria St. Martin covers breaking news and Prince William County for The Post's Local desk.


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