Rash Of Overnight Shootings Across DC Leave Two Dead, Many Injured

Steve Birr | Vice Reporter

Seven people were shot and two died in six different shootings in Washinton, D.C., in one of the most violent nights in recent memory.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the Metropolitan Police Department responded to reports of gunfire in northwest D.C. near Park View. Authorities found a man with multiple gunshot wounds and later pronounced him dead, reports WUSA9.

Authorities closed parts of Suitland Parkway near Howard Road at roughly 2:35 a.m. after a shooting left two men wounded. The condition of the victims is currently unknown and police continue to investigate the incident. (RELATED: DC’s Homicide Rate Continues Disturbing Rise After Another Shooting)

At roughly 3:51 a.m. police responded to another shooting in an apartment complex in Anacostia, finding a woman unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the head. She later died from her injuries.

These deaths followed four earlier shootings that night, which left an additional five people injured. Police found two victims unconscious, but breathing, according to reports.

Investigators have not released any information on the gunmen and are in the process of notifying the victims’ next of kin.

D.C. is suffering a violent year, with 72 confirmed homicides across the city, 38 of which remain unsolved. The District experienced a staggering 53 percent spike in the murder rate in 2015, the highest rate in eight years. The alarming surge in homicides continues into 2016, tracking closely with last year’s figures.

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