DC’s Homicide Rate Continues Disturbing Rise After Another Shooting


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Steve Birr Vice Reporter
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Police are on the hunt for two suspects in unrelated homicides Friday in Washington, D.C., adding to the rising number of murders plaguing the District this year.

An unidentified gunman open fired on 4th Street in Washington Highlands striking three individuals, one fatally. Police responded to the incident at roughly 3:15 p.m., finding two adult males with gunshot wounds conscious and breathing. Officials transported the individuals to a local area hospital to be treated. Sharod Harris, 20, died from her wounds at the hospital after several failed efforts to revive her, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Police said a third victim of the shooting received treatment at a hospital but was transported there in a private vehicle. Authorities have not revealed a motive or description of a suspect at this time.

In a separate incident, a member of the U.S. Parks Service found an unconscious body at 400 Burbank Street in southeast D.C. after responding Friday afternoon to a report of illegal dumping in the area. Officials with the D.C. Department of Fire and EMS were called and found no sign of life.

Authorities transported the unidentified individual to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) to determine a cause of death. The individual suffered from blunt force trauma injuries, but authorities have not released information on a possible suspect or motive, according to the MPD statement.

D.C. is suffering a violent year, with more than 71 confirmed homicides across the city. The District experienced a staggering 53 percent spike in the murder rate in 2015, the highest rate in eight years. The alarming spike in homicides is spilling into 2016, tracking closely with last year’s figures.

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