D.C. Sees High Concentration Of Shootings With 10 In Under 24 Hours
This weekend in D.C. saw seven separate shootings leaving two people dead and a total of 10 people shot, according to NBC Washington.
The first incident occurred Saturday night around 9:40 p.m. on the 2600 block of 15th Street NW. Victims included two men who drove themselves to the hospital.
Shortly after, police found another victim after a shooting on the 3500 block of Minnesota Avenue SE. He was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Less than two hours after the first incident, a fourth man walked into the hospital after someone opened fire at him while he was in his car. Police were unable to immediately find any suspects for the first three incidents.
Another person was shot and survived after a block party was shot up at 1 a.m. on the 1500 block of 45th Street NE.
The first death in the series of shootings occurred around 2 a.m. after two men were shot on the Northwest side. One man died on the scene and the other was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Police again had no description of suspects.
Thirteen hours later, the second death of the weekend took place on the corner of Quarles and 45th Street NE. The victim was 17-year-old Jermaine Richards. His aunt, Deboria Allison, commented on behalf of the family.
“I don’t think anyone needs to get killed like this. He was young,” Allison told WJLA.
Just before 8 p.m., police found another two victims with gunshot wounds. Both were conscious and breathing.
“We have no way of predicting or preventing any of them other than being where we are supposed to be,” said Metropolitan Police Department Commander David Taylor.
The DC Police Department’s Twitter provided updates throughout the violent weekend. Police Chief, Peter Newsham, expressed the pain the city was feeling and urged for any information anyone may have.
Very disheartened with the senseless shootings overnight, including a homicide on Kansas Ave NW. Help us prevent more from happening ⬇️. pic.twitter.com/5x66mHn0gq
— Peter Newsham (@ChiefNewsham) July 30, 2017