Two men were found shot to death in the District on Friday, in the first homicides in the city in almost a week.
By apparent coincidence, both incidents were reported to police at the same time, 8:55 a.m. The sites were both in Southeast Washington. The shootings were about four miles apart and appeared unconnected.
The occurrence of homicides is relatively unpredictable, but weather is sometimes thought to play a role. The killings reported Friday were the first since the start of a string of cold days with below-normal temperatures here.
In one case, police found Steven Edward Stewart Jr., 33, of Southeast fatally wounded in the 2200 block of Minnesota Avenue SE.
In the other, police found Bernard Coleman, 43, of Southeast fatally shot inside a house in the 4000 block of Cole Boulevard SE. Cole Boulevard is a two-block street about half a mile from Southern Avenue.
No information was available immediately about the circumstances of either shooting.
The last previous homicides in the city occurred March 11 when two men were fatally stabbed in separate incidents hours apart, both in Southeast.