Eight people, including a 12-year-old girl, were shot in multiple locations in a Washington, D.C. neighborhood, police said Friday night.
There were two scenes, which the police believe. Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Chief Andre Wright told a news conference that the shooting occurred in the southeast part of the city around 10 p.m.
At the first scene, which police said was in the 500 block of Lebaum Street, seven people were shot, police said. All were adults. None of the injuries were life-threatening, Wright said, and “most” victims were able to get themselves to local hospitals.
The second scene was in the 2900 block of Second Street, less than a mile from the first scene. Wright said police were on the scene on LeBoam Street when they were notified of the second location.
Upon arriving at the second street scene, police found the 12-year-old girl. Wright said he had gunshot wounds to his lower back.
“Thank God he’s stable and (his injuries) are non-life threatening,” Wright said.
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Wright said the information is still “very preliminary” and the investigation is ongoing. It’s possible, he said, that the two scenes aren’t actually connected, but because of the proximity of the locations and the time that passed between the incidents, police now believe they are related.
“Because of the proximity, the timing of the incident, I think at this point, and I hate to speculate, but based on the proximity and timing of the incident, the two scenes are probably connected,” Wright said. “We’re still investigating both scenarios, doing due diligence on both of them, and if the information changes we’ll make sure we pass it on to all of you.”
Wright said there was no information yet on a possible motive for the shooting and he could not say how many suspects might be involved.
“Once we know for sure, and we’re asking for the community and public health, we’re looking for a black sedan, possibly a Mercedes, who witnesses say drove through the block and fired indiscriminately at individuals here in Lebaum,” Wright said, adding that investigators knew that Everyone injured in the first scene was shot from that car. “We have to fix what’s going on in the second scene.”
Wright asked the public for any information and said the department was dedicated to solving the case.
“I think, like I said, it’s a beautiful night,” he said. “There were people who were hanging out here and there were people who were walking around in the Second Street scene, and for some reason you have people who think it was okay to shoot multiple people in two different scenes and we’ll let it stand.” No.”