A 16-year-old was fatally shot and a man was wounded Tuesday night when a gunman opened fire from a car speeding through an alley in Northwest Washington's Brightwood neighborhood, D.C. police said.
Police identified the victim as Yoselis Regino Barrios. He was near his home when he was shot in the chest. He died a short time later at a hospital.
The shooting occurred about 8:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of Rittenhouse Street NW, in an alley that runs behind the houses two blocks west of Georgia Avenue and near Rock Creek Park Golf Course.
Officers responded to the area after several people called 911 to report hearing gunshots. Police said an adult male who they described as Barrios's friend was shot in the leg and treated at a hospital.
Authorities were looking for a red four-door sedan, possible a Mustang. The injured man told detectives the gunman fired out of the driver's side window, according to a police report.
Police had made no arrests as of Wednesday evening. There have been 99 homicides so far this year in the District, down from 114 at this time in 2016. There have been six teenagers under the age of 18 fatally shot in the District this year — three 17-year-olds and three 16-year-olds.
A person who opened the door to Barrios's residence referred questions to the youth's parents, who were not available Wednesday afternoon. Other details, including where he might have attended school, could not immediately be learned.
Tuesday night's shooting was at least the third in Brightwood this year. Several others people have been shot and killed in nearby neighborhoods on both sides of Georgia Avenue, including two young men killed in an attack at a house on 8th Street NW in October. The police patrol area that covers Brightwood and Manor Park reports four killings so this year, compared to none at this time in 2016.
Residents are planning a community meeting with police on Tuesday to discuss crime.
Monica Goletiani, president of the Brightwood Community Association, said she does not believe the recent spate violence stems from an issue with gangs or street crews, but that most incidents are crimes of opportunity or related to drug dealing. She said people come off the busy, lighted Georgia Avenue thoroughfare to conduct illicit business in the neighborhood.
"The alleys are quiet places to do things you don't do under the lights of Georgia Avenue," Goletiani said. "We're not seeing specific gang-related incidents or personal vendettas. It seems more criminal behavior taking advantage of a quiet neighborhood."
Goletiani said one frustration is not knowing the motives for the killings, or if any are linked. "We haven't been able to string all of this together to get a full story," she said. "I'm hoping what just happened will be a tipping point, that we can figure this out."