The victims, all described as adults, suffered injuries police described as not life-threatening. Police said all had been struck in their lower extremities.
Authorities were searching for a dark sedan with tinted windows, silver tire rims and possibly a roof rack. Police said a firearm was recovered at the scene.
“It’s very disturbing,” acting D.C. police chief Robert J. Contee III told reporters at the scene. “It is an indication of the level of violence and the access to firearms.”
Contee said shootings such as this have to be addressed, “not just as a police department, but as a community in terms of what is acceptable. Certainly when we have people shooting weapons indiscriminately in our community, we should be very concerned.”
Authorities could not immediately say if Friday’s shooting is related to Thursday’s shooting, which happened about 4:20 p.m. inside an apartment in the Parkway House in the 2600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.
In that case, police said Michael Benbow, 18, of Southeast Washington, was killed. He died at the scene. Another man and a juvenile female were shot and wounded, police said, and treated at hospitals. The juvenile suffered a graze wound to her body, police said.