March 30th, 2010
08:51 PM ET

At least 9 people shot in D.C.

Nine people were wounded along a city block in southern Washington, D.C., Tuesday night after shooters opened fire on a crowd, police said.

Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the shooting prompted a lengthy police chase that ended in the arrest of three people. Four officers were treated for minor injuries from an accident during the chase.

The victims who were shot near the 5000 block of South Capitol Street included six males and three females, and some were in very serious condition, Lanier said.

A tenth person was shot on nearby Galveston Street, but it wasn't clear whether the two shootings were related.

Lanier decline to give more details, saying it was too early in the investigation.

However, she told reporters that, "We've made a lot of progress to stop gang retaliation and violence and, in the end, if this ends up being some kind of gang retaliation then shame on all of us."

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  1. William Spendlove

    Tea Baggers suck, although they have nothing to do with this article.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mugwamp

    Isn't it interesting that I haven't read a single post that posits the possibility that "John" is actually a right-winger trying to genearte animosity against liberals.
    The 'net is so wonderful in that regard.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tommy

    I feel sorry for you people that don't think honest law abiding citizen's should have the right to bear arms. It's a constitutional right. Let the government take all our guns and see what happens to the rest of your civil rights. DC shooting, no surprise, strictest guns laws in the land , really works well doesn't it. Here in Texas a thug atleast has to worry about an armed civilian poppin a cap on his ass, Concealed carry works.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jacob

    Btw, two men were stabbed and killed on the #2 train in NYC... the story didn't run on CNN... and when I read the story on Yahoo, there weren't over 60 comments. People were all wondering the same John Doe Bean was wondering. It's pretty obvious.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pete

    RE: Dingo

    You don't need justification for gun ownership, you need justification to outlaw them. If it's not's by default, legal. The right does not have to make sense, the law outlawing it has to make sense. The burden to justify is on the action to outlaw. It's called freedom......and by the way I'm liberal politically....the point is not a matter of liberal or conservative or a political party it's a basic tenet of democracry and a free society

    March 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    "The need for people to have handguns is long past."

    Out of all the liberal tripe I've heard over the years, this statement takes aversion to reality to new heights. Excuse me? Do you live in the same United States as I do? Maybe your rose-tinted wonderland, the only reason why a person would want to own a firearm would be to engage in the violent overthrow of their own government. Well, there's a much simpler and, as illustrated by this news item, fairly obvious reason why by far the vast majority of law-abiding citizens purchase handguns: for self-defense.

    I'll have cause to surrender my firearm when those who would do me ill are in no position to do so. Based on the government's track record at everything else (slow and ponderous at best, completely incompetent at worst), I have no reason to believe that they'll be able or willing to protect me; that responsibility falls to me.

    But you keep on clutching to your "hope"-fueled fantasy that in a so-called "civilized society", you live in some protective bubble of government protection. You'll be staring down the barrel of some criminal's gun, realizing all too late that for all your lofty talk of civilization, no one is going to be able to get to you in time to help, because when seconds count, the authorities are just minutes away.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    Time to take the guns away, it should be up to the State and not random civilian thugs
    to decide who lives and dies in this country. Gang bangers should be tried as domestic terrorist
    not as run of the mill criminals.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Azezel

    Can any one actually tell me exactly what the left wing and the right wing stand for? Is it the same out on the street as it is in the capital? Does right wing republicans actually believe in limited government through personal responsibilities as a way keep the nation lean and strong?
    Do the lefties actually believe in hand ups and progressive development of individuals regardless of race, creed and socio economic class? Or is it a bunch of power players trying to buy off a base by giving handouts to ensure the dependency of that group?
    Back to the rightwing, Is there a difference between the constitutionalists and the military kynesians? Neo conservativism was military kynesian of a trickle down theory in a demand side dynamic.
    Neo liberalism, I haven't seen long enough to make a clear judgement on. It seems to be another kynesian model based on feeding a demand in order to justify the continuation of a supply. Regardless of whether or not that demand is actually doing anything productive. An argument of that side is that the consumer class is there to consume and keep the digestive process of the extraction base going. So rather than engagement/development we see endless stimulus, support and bailout that is undoing the monetary dynamic towards a blowout in value carried by the script issued.
    In the end. The various ideologies are tooling in a system. Sometimes you need different tooling for different things.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Laura

    Anyone who lives in or near D.C. knows that violent crime is not unusual. Hearing people were shot there occurs on a daily basis. There is one small part of D.C. that is really nice and business like, but the rest are just scary slums.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris


    Despite many beliefs to the contrary, legal guns are RARELY used for crimes in this country. Gun laws prevent LAW ABIDING citizens from protecting themselves, instead increasing the power of the criminals who will have their weapons regardless of what lawmakers say. This has been, and forever will remain, the fallacy of 'gun control' fanatics like yourself.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jerseycat

    The reasons are pretty simple for these crimes in these areas – crushing poverty, a perpetuating cycle of societal disfunction in communities and greed. A right that abhors poor people and a left that panders to them that does nothing to help formulate a solution.

    No ONE is right all the time but we spend so so so much energy trying to be the side that is right that we lose sight of pragmatic solutions to these types of problems. What is that definition of insanity that applies about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

    A right winger is a centrist without the liberal and vice versa.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. m9777

    ....John, a bunch a punks parading as Democrats for Harry Reid throw eggs at Tea Party busses while laughing and taunting others. Yep...looks like right-wing terrorists at work in D.C. now. How much less informed could you ever get?

    March 30, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John Q. Public

    Oooh, some of you need anger management therapy, others to be more enlightened and less bigotry, the rest you need a clue.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gvii

    @John What on earth are you talking about? Is that even a remotely coherent thought? Where do right or left wingers fit into this???

    March 30, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Adam Smith

    Right Wingers? This shooting occurred in South DC. I'm from NW DC; South DC doesn't have one 'Right Winger' in its entirety. This was black on black crime, pure and simple, and it happens every day in the District.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
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