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. Patriot1

    More False Flag Ops by the NWO to demonize gun owners...Nice try Berry Seteoro (aka Barak Hussein Obama). Your Lies and Deception aren't going to save your dying dreams of a NEW WORLD ORDER!!!

    March 30, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tom

    good point dennis. gang violence. shame on you lanier

    March 30, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Wes

    DC from what i understand has a pretty big gang problem so it could just be that plain and simple. However if this as a just a random act of violence against random people then there's something to be questioned, A couple questions i have is if it was gang related was it territory oriented and was there a target the shooters were after within that crowd?

    There's bound to be a lot of questioning and investigating to figuring out the crime and everything behind this. So fow now, till something official comes out, theres just assumptions and a lot of finger pointing.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AntiGunLobby

    For Americans who have grown up witnessing or reading about Gun violence in news this is nothing but another unfortunate example of a few bad people venting out their anger. To these Americans I ask to visit a poor but growing democracy like India and see how much more safer they feel on the streets with out fear of any gun toting mass murderer. There are no gun rights in India and no fear of Govt usurping their rights. More than 50 years of strong democracy speaks for itself. There are no School shootings taking innocent lives of innocent students or shootings in churches or shootings in malls or offices. There are no restrictions on walking in beaches in the night. Neither Social services nor the Govt tells them how to raise children. India had her first Woman Prime Minister at least 40 years before Mrs. Clinton decided to run for the highest Office. There is a lot more freedom in India than here in America. Freedom has become a make believe thing. I think it is about time to pull our heads out of the sand and look around. Do away with Guns and Gun lobby. We don't need guns in our civilized society. Let the men in uniform who are trained to use or not use them, carry them.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    No big deal – an average day for gun-toting America. When are you going to get it.........

    March 30, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. OARFNY

    My goodness I just love these posts. it's so obvious that this is Bush's fault and that Sarah Palin was handing out the bullets. The right wingers made it snow a lot this winter too didn't they. And they're at fault when the cherry blossoms bloom too early, or late?

    I was born and grew up in DC and since the riots of the late 1960's guns are about the only way that all the gang-bangers in the city can have any fun by shooting and killing innocent people with every day. I'm so glad Gilbert Arenas only got 30 days in a halfway house. When he's through there maybe he can give some of his "400 or 500" (his words) guns to kids. Agent Zero is a hero, right?

    March 30, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Soapbox

    Wow. I can't believe the incessant whine about the 2nd Amendment. I choose to exercise my constitutional right to bear arms, lawfully. Firearms are a tool with no conscience. I choose to be conscientious and proactive.
    If you choose not to exercise this right, fine. But don't try to deny it to me based on your choice.
    I choose to defend myself and my family during the time it takes to police to respond to our 911 call.
    I plan for us to be survivors if the worst happens.
    You know, just because law enforcement is in place to protect us doesn't mean we are released from the responsibility to protect ourselves and others. Regardless of whether we're using a firearm to do it.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George

    Leave it to Americans to politicize murders on the streets of D.C. where this is a regular occurance. American obsession with guns is by far the reason this happens there on a regular basis. Have you ever looked at the murder rates by country across the world? There are more murders by an enormous margin than in any other developed nation and you are 5th on the list of ALL nations in the world including 3rd world nations. Lose the guns, you are killing yourselves!

    March 30, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bryan

    Anyone here who is attributing this to politics rather than waiting for the facts to come out, or mourning for the families of those injured, should be embarrased to be a human being with emotions and rationale.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jay Royer

    Maybe instead of spending so much time writing posts on here and arguing back and forth, more people could spend time praying for violence like this to cease.
    Just a thought!

    March 30, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. swampfox09

    It is a fact that young blacks are mainly the recipient of either jail or death by their counterparts. Also it must be said that blacks are only 16% of the population in the united states. and at the rate their going it will be far less in years to come.
    Furthermore Hispanics are now more prevalent in the United States and will be the majority in this country in 2030.
    One way for the black youth to stay out of jail or the graveyards is to stay in school and get education instead of of a 22 hollow point round in their head.

    I don't wish to give the impression that I am a racist. However, I am a realist and the likes of Al sharpton, Jesse Jackson or Tavis smiley has given their cause a bad name

    The aforementioned names have caused more separation and disharmony among the races then any KKK member in the south ever did.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. greg barber

    Heck, I am a liberal, but blaming conservatives this early in the game is just plain wrong.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. midazman

    just another day in America, but let's put an end to the violence in the rest of the world and forget about the backyard mess!!!

    March 30, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Arturo

    Two salient facts that cast serious doubt on the idea the shooters were right-wing conservatives:

    (1) The vast majority of violent crime in D.C. is black-on-black (black perpetrator, black victim). (2) 92% of Blacks in D.C. are Democrats.

    Ethnicity is not specified in the article, but if these events fit the statistical probability, the shooters are quite likely registered Democrats.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tony

    I heard they were serving Kool-Aid at the Tea Party. Remember Jim Jones......

    March 30, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
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