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. Jen

    All I can say is that Kennesaw, GA has a mandatory gun ownership law and has the lowest crime rate in the country for cities of comparable size. What's the likelihood of going after someone if there's a 90% chance their packing heat? The crime rate in that town dropped 86% in one year, and has stayed that low for the 16 years since that law was passed. Hey DC, how's your form of gun control working out for you? It's terrible these individuals have to be physically harmed for people to actually discuss how these gun control laws only "control" the law abiding citizens – who are, by definition, not randomly shooting people anyway. Ridiculous.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Terri Jennings

    Knowing DC...probably JUST another senseless, no reason, killing. Men taking lives just because they could.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Buns66

    I fail to see where anything in this story even eludes to any "wing" or anything to do with healthcare!! Maybe stirring the pot without all the facts, too, is adding fuel to the fire!!

    March 30, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kn

    Is gang right or left?

    March 30, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cindy washington

    what do you think about employers who force their employer into prostitutuion and fire them if they refuse? Should an employeee have to have sex with multiple employees?

    Can an employer, retailate if he finds out an employer filed a lawsuit by having one of his family memebers or employers try the civil action using identity theft?

    March 30, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    There's been a shooting in DC and somehow it is politically related? I'd bet my house this has something to do with politics, but not the type waged on Capitol Hill. The politics of gangland, like on the History channel!

    March 30, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gangster

    I dont care if they ban the guns cuz then my homies wont worry about being shot by some cowboy cracker. There will always be guns for my boyz just as anything one might need, if you have money you can buy it.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Josh

    silence the right wing-left wing fight, guaranteed this is african-americans shooting other african-americans

    March 30, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. don

    The gun issue will soon seem small. With our open borders we will have problems like Moscow.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Capsaicin

    Time to wait for the police report. The DC area has one of the highest disparities between extreme wealth and extreme poverty in the nation, and that is going to be a tinderbox of urban violence that is likely not right-wing or left-wing oriented, just poverty based. You'd think the money pot of Washington DC would be one area we could better address the wealth gap.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. A.R.

    I was somewhat flabergasted to have read all the diatribes in response to Jack Caffrety's ( i hope that his surname is correctly spelt) immigration commentaries. I was always concerned as an immigrant with regards to the level of xenophia that could be fostered and encouraged through some commentaries notwithstanding their objectivity. However, one need not go way back in history to understand, and appreciate how immigration has substantially helped this country in terms of human resources. Many of those immigrants were illegal before their status was adjusted.This does not mean that illegal immigration should be encouraged, but rather than expressing such harsh words towards immigrants, people should take some time, and listen to immigrants story, and with that understanding, i am quite sure their perspective on immigrants would change. Does anyone ever try to get behind their stories? It is doubtful. We need more love in the world today.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rick Nelson

    To all the frightened rabbits who use these events to promote gun control: the most frightening moment of my life was when my head was pushed up against a wall by the muzzle of a shotgun during a robbery and I have lost a good friend to random gunfire. I agree this would be a better world without guns, but gun control here in the almighty U.S. will not solve this problem. Heroin has been outlawed in this country for nearly a century and tons of the stuff flow across our borders weekly..... in the hands of criminals, which is where all the guns would be if they were outlawed as well.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. xxception

    The comments about why we have the 2nd Amendment are erroneous. The reason we have the 2nd Amednment is our founding fathers wanted us to be able to protect ourselves from, listen carefully, our own government. Go back and read some of the Federalist Papers if you don't believe me.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. james

    What we need is a law that lets people kill a gang member as if they were cockroaches. They provide no redeeming value to society so they should be treated like cockroaches.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan

    Ok the shootings were like 2 miles from my hotel. didnt see anything though.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
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