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. me

    It is a shame George W. Bush could not have run for a third term so that most people would not be living to listen to these tragedies...

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

    How about everyone just read the article, NOTICE it says the police are handling it and let it be until they get this solved. If you think someone is going to do this much damage and just get away with it, you are off the deep end. Instead of accusing right or left or whatever, let it play out and we'll see who the culprits are and what their agenda is.

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

    Applause to joe joe bean– you nailed it on the head "...would all have to agree that there are a lot of really pissed-off people in this country, for many different reasons. I think we’re all on edge."

    Right wing, left wing, middle of the road, extremist, who cares??? 9 people being shot in our Nation's capitol should be ALARMING and mortifying to all of us. Not spun or justified as its gang territory, it happens all the time in that section of the city, etc.

    If we continue to accept violence as a way of life, shame on us!!

    March 30, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. m9777

    John is possibly a "plant" from the DNC. They have confirmed the hiring of "readers" to plant stories blaming the GOP, conservatives, right-wingers etc of anything negative. This "planted comment" was posted before the scene in DC had cleared. It's obvious to me his comment was politically motivated. But, it's the gun slingers who take those comments as truth and or most likely to over-react. Point-set-match scored by the left.
    Calm down everyone!

    March 30, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Triple A

    Post number one, Just pain typical. Get used to it the Left will take any headline and turn it into "blame the Right" as they try to salvage what they have left come election time. Though I'll point out it wasn't the Right Wingers it was just George Bushes fault.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ronon

    how do we know this isnt the next dc sniper or worse an armed attack on dc just like the 2008 attack on mumbai? dc has been attacked by islamist terrorists 4 times allready. two of them were outside dc but still inside the beltway. an islamist group could send 5 terrorists to mexico under fake names. from there they would have no problem sneeking across the border. then they make there way to dc. once there they buy ak-47's from drug dealers and then shoot up a bunch of pre-slected targets. thats how easy it is for the same slaughter that mumbai saw in 2008 to hit dc. of corse dc police and the fbi would shut them down much faster than the mumbai police stopped the mumbai attackers. the death toll would therefore be much lower than the 2008 attack in india but it would still be the second worst act of terrorism ever inside the beltway. i hope thats not what this is but it could be.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gail

    Blame the Tea party for an obvious Gang bang? Serious? C'mon, take a breath and get some oxegon to that brain.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steele

    DC is still relatively violent, but overall, it is much better than it was 15 years ago. This is the worst shooting in many years in DC. Just have to make sure we don't slip back to where we once were. Come on people, let's stay positive about this. We don't need to drag more negativity into this discussion.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lando

    anytime you have a city that has the no gun law your going to have more gun violence its not right wing or left wing its criminals you see if guns are outlawed only outlaws have guns not citizens check out the laws where citys who require guns to live in city there are way fewer violent crimes you see criminals are affraid of being shot

    March 30, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    I'm also betting that the suspects AND the victims probably voted for the same presidential candidate...Just playin the numbers game...

    March 30, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RIck

    The only reason right wingers are upset is because you liberal left wingers are the ones who let criminals loose, give them awards, and are the ones who want to eliminate the police and our armed services so right wingers have to protect themselves and their neighborhoods from gangs and drugs that you liberals love to see so we can walk our god damned streets again safely without the threat of being carjacked or shot in a drive by shooting moron!. Enough is enough.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Richard Fairmount


    Nine people shot and the DC Police Chief mentions gangs.

    And your concern turns to the Right.

    Nice empathy for the victims, some of them in very serious condition.

    Let's hope they all recover and no one dies.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mark McKnight

    I grew up in Southeast D.C. Trust me, right wingers give S.E. a wide birth. They don't have the balls to go into Southeast D.C. There are more unregistered fire arms there then in Iraq. This is just black on black crime. And I am black!

    March 30, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Andy

    I can't believe people are blaming this on the guns. I have several guns that haven't shot anyone. Saying that guns kill people is like saying pens misspell words. (Neither one will do anything without a person on the other end telling it what to do) A gun is simply a tool that a person chooses to use. Eventually people will have to wake up and realize that some people just want to hurt other people and will do whatever it takes to do such. If you outlaw guns you won't take them away from criminals, you will only take them away from the law abiding citizens that aren't out shooting people. STOP BLAMING GUNS and take responsibility for your actions.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Leslie

    I have to wonder the motive behind CNN's posting this story they think is "newsworthy" because they wrote literally 2 sentences about it and give us no information about who, what, when, where, why, how. Clearly there are murders in DC all of the time and yet CNN doesn't cover it. Why now, when there isn't even a story here yet given that they can't answer any of our questions as to who, what, when, where, why, how–why now are they writing a headline that says nothing more than GUNSHOTS FIRED AND PEOPLE INJURED IN DC! Could it be because they WANT us to jump to conclusions and start attacking one another, left and right? Isn't THAT sort of inciting violence? I think it's pretty irresponsible of CNN. Either get the full story and print it, or don't run something like because people are going to jump to conclusions and assume things that should not be assumed! Badly done, CNN.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
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