A shooting in Southeast DC shortly before midnight Tuesday killed two people and injured another, according to media reports.
According to a DC Alert, a lookout was issued for a “black male wearing blue jean shorts, a black t-shirt, with a black t-shirt tied around his head.”
Metropolitan Police officers were in the area when a gunman fired at least a dozen shots in the 300 block of Ridge Road, striking three men around 11:39 p.m. The officers heard the shots and responded to the scene quickly, where they found one of the victims lying dead in the street. The two other victims were transported to a local hospital, one with a gun shot wound to the upper body who later died. Police say the third victim suffered multiple wounds to the arm, leg, and buttock, but is expected to survive.
The sound of at least 12 gunshots was picked up by a ShotSpotter listening device in the area.
In a message to MPD’s Sixth District listserv shortly after midnight, Commander Robert Contee told residents:
The Sixth District is currently investigating a shooting in the 300 block of Ridge Road S.E.
Anyone with information should call 202-727-9099 or text information to 50411.
The area was closed to traffic overnight, but reopened at about 8 a.m. Thursday morning, according to DCAlerts.
Reports NBC Washington:
The brother of one of the deceased victims told NBC4’s Tony Tull his brother and two of his friends were standing outside when they were approached by the gunman and shot. The victim was a recent high school graduate and leaves behind a 1-month-old baby.
The crime scene spans about six blocks, Tull reports.
Police do not have a clear description of the suspect. They say the gunman is described as being a black man wearing denim shorts, a black t-shirt and had a black t-shirt tied around his head.
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