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. Brian Johnson

    These events will occur with mathematical regularity given the access to guns throughout the country, including within Washington, its local policies notwithstanding. My recommendation is that as long as we vote to increase the number of guns throughout the country, we regard such mass murder events as entertainment, because their ability to titillate will endure, while our inability to do anything about them will also endure.

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

    And the judge just passed a law so you cain't protect your self in D.C. What a stupid bunch we have there,They should all move out where they can at least protect them selves.
    That's what the Second amend ment was ment for. they should sue the capital for these deaths for not allowing the citizens to protect them selves.

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

    9 people are shot and I counted 2 responses out of 64 in this thread that expressed any sympathy towards the victims. All of us are becoming completely desensitized to human suffering, and that is the greatest tragedy of this story. Tonight, a mother may have lost a child or a wife may have lost a husband yet 97% of the responders only want to talk about right versus left or Republican versus Democrat. No one knows why or what happened. What we do know is that 9 families as well as their friends are in tremendous pain tonight but we don't feel a thing – we don't even pause to put down our Big Mac or switch off the TV and try to imagine their pain. Is our reaction human nature or just a sign of the times? I really hope it's the latter.

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

    To all those writing, "Typical night in DC" your comments are extremely ignorant. Do you live here? When was the last time you visited? Have you ever even been to the nation's Capital? I've been living in Washington, DC for over 10 years now and I can easily say these shootings are not the norm. While I'm no fan of Mayor Fenty, his choice of Police Chief Cathy Lanier has paid dividends. Overall DC crime is at a twenty year low and our murder rate is at 45 year low. So before you denigrate my city check your facts!

    March 30, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bruce in Phoenix

    Some of the safest countries in Europe, with the lowest crime rates, REQUIRE all citizens to be armed, every house have a rifle, and the people take courses in it's use. So why does this go against gun CONTROL? Also, more people die from Alcohol and tabacco use by far, than with guns. ALSO...More people died from Doctors' Malpractice or hospital errors TENFOLD over gun deaths last year. Should we outlaw Physicians? Have Prohibition again? You can argue ANY point and spin it your way. So why argue? Can't we all just get along? People die. Get over it.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lynn

    I guess it is easy to assign all gun violence to the right wing tea parties because of the signs they carry. And let's not forget Michelle Bachman's manical screechings to "bring your guns to march on Washington to take our country back". Makes me wonder what the hell is happening to our country. "United we stand, divided we fall" really does mean something!

    Our country has been under seige by the financial industry. All the top enconmists warned that we needed to save our financial institutions to save our country... we know now that they were more wrong than right. Only because the banks slapped our faces with their increased interest rates on credit and their refusal to play ball with the small businesses.

    The banks lost BIG with the student loan business! Come on people, get focused on the real issues here. Don't be manipulated by the greed of others. FOCUS on making our country strong again. Let's do whatever it takes to get our country back on her feet!!!!!

    March 30, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LillyP

    This is a horrible senseless tragedy and I pray for all of the victims and their families.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gorgegirl

    They have been having gang shootouts in Portland too and it's not tied to politics in any way. However, I wouldn't be surprised if we don't have more arrests or incidents from militias like those arrested this past weekend – especially given the rhetoric from those like Sarah Palin – "Reload and here's the democrat congress representatives to target". That is absolutely awful and has no place in a civil society.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom G

    Yeah Dennis. I bet they didn't have a valid firearm permit – but someone somewhere did! And somehow they got into the wrong hands.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gunz iz for Redz

    As long as the mentality in this country is that "everyone has a right to bear arms" we will ALL suffer! Legally owned or not, guns do what they were made to do – make killing safe and easy for the shooter. The gun doesn't care whether the shooter has a legal right to own it, it just dispenses it's bullet and wounds or kills. Since there is no sure way to keep a legally manufactured gun in the hands of a legal gun owner OR no way to assure that all legal gun owners will remain mentally stable and use the gun for strictly self-defense purposes logic would dicatate that removing the guns from society is the ONLY way to make society safe – except for law enforcement and the military, of course. Since that will never happen in this country we will forever argue about this situation and mourn the never ending cycle of dead and wounded... sad really for such a "civilized" country.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Adam Davidson

    I tell you what's the problem.
    It's not political – people can/could debate in a civilized way.
    It's not gun related – guns do save as many lives as they take.
    Not even the low education here in the US – well educated people do crimes too.
    It is US, humans and the law system of the USA. I had several talks with police officers about this. They're risking their lives to put criminals behind bars and the next day/week/month they are out again to do something even worse.
    We can debate why people are doing crimes but the end is the same: without a PUNISHMENT terrifying enough to scare people this only going to be WORSE.
    Criminals should do HARD labor and earn the cost of keeping them in prisons.
    Punishment should be WAY MORE SEVERE. Simple speeding should be 10 times more expensive, DUI should be 20 times and 2nd time good bye license.
    5-10 years later people would start RESPECTING the laws. We would have less prisoners and a much more safe Country.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Doug

    Yeah shame on anyone blaming the right wingnuts, who were ordered by Palin earlier this week to use this time to "reload"... Those right wing people couldn't be more clean of this, even if they have been using violence based overtones for weeks now, which may push some supporters to do something like this.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jerry

    Shame on ourselves.
    When the government and elections are influenced by big interests, the people suffer.
    All statistics show that guns are more frequently used to kill innocent people, than so called self defense.
    We live in a civilized society, we have the right to vote, we don't need guns.
    The gun right is too old, and must be changed.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. D

    but wait, why didn't they abide by the firearm ban!? They know they broke the law just there, right?

    March 31, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. 1mile50

    I see many comments disparaging gun ownership here, including "no justification for civilians owning guns..."

    The actions of madmen, criminals and terrorists do NOT define my rights as a US Citizen. The Constitution does. And the right to own firearms has nothing to do with hunting. Hunting is a pastime, a diversion.

    Don't agree? That is also your right. But we don't run this country according to your opinion. And be aware, if the Right to Bear Arms can be frittered away by mere digression, the next Civil Right to go may be one that YOU care about.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
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