Police said they believe the two shootings are tied to gang activity and are probably linked. They declined to name a gang, citing the department’s policy of not giving publicity to gangs involved in crimes.
No arrests had been made in either shooting.
Second Lt. John Lieb, a police spokesman, said authorities are investigating what sparked the shootings and are following multiple leads.
“Detectives are trying to fully understand the motives of those responsible,” Lieb said. “But we do know, based on preliminary findings, that it could be gang related.”
Police are also investigating
on Tuesday that left three men injured, and that detectives believe are also gang related. Investigators this week were trying to determine whether that case was related to the incident Monday in Gum Springs.
The two shootings within days in the same area of Gum Springs have puzzled residents and police. Officers from the Mount Vernon police station have added extra patrols, Lieb said.
“We have spoken to many community members, and we understand their concerns,” Lieb said. “Our detectives are working diligently to investigate leads and to examine the available evidence.”
After Monday’s shooting, around 11 p.m. at a Gum Springs playground, two teens were sent to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, police said.
In the most recent shooting, the victim had a graze wound and did not go to a hospital, authorities said. Bullets also hit a vehicle and an apartment building, they said.
Police said they are looking for a white SUV with dark window tint, possibly occupied by three young men.
An earlier version of this story said police are investigating two shootings that left three men injured. Police later said it was one shooting but the victims were found in two locations.