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Authorities Save Man Shot In The Back In DC

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Steve Birr Vice Reporter

A man is in serious condition after getting randomly shot in the back on a street in Northeast, Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning.

Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) were called to the scene in Fort Lincoln at roughly 2:15 a.m. Wednesday after reports of a shooting. Police found a man conscious and breathing with a serious but non-fatal gunshot wound to the back in the 2300 bock of Bladensburg Road, Northeast. Authorities transported the unidentified man to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries, reports WJLA.

Police have not released detailed information on a suspect or motive at this time, but did say witnesses saw a black man in a tan vehicle driving away from the scene. Officials closed a portion of Bladensburg Road Wednesday morning to conduct their investigation of the shooting.

Three people were injured after a triple shooting in D.C. Sunday night, capping off a violent weekend in the District. Police responded to reports of gunfire near Manor Park on Oglethorpe Street Northeast at roughly 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening. Authorities confirmed the drive-by shooting left one male and two female victims with gunshot wounds. Police are looking for a dark colored sedan spotted leaving the crime scene.

The homicide rate in the District spiked 54 percent in 2015, and is only 13 percent lower so far this year. Homicides have tripled in Ward 7. D.C. is suffering a violent year overall, with 104 homicides across the city. The alarming surge in homicides is down from the shocking numbers in 2015, but is still historically high. There were a total of 105 homicides in 2014 and 88 in 2012.

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