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. Mike A. from MBG

    Much as I am personally tempted to jump to John's conclusion, making that jump would give evidence to our own political prejudices. We saw much of the same thing in Tennessee when Bill Sparkman was found hanging outside a park.

    Let us wait until al facts are in, then we can start with the recriminations.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MikeHoncho

    Lat's not forget, it is DC, people getting shot isn't all that unusual

    March 30, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ypsifan

    Now if we could just get two out of three Republican to make sense ---–

    March 30, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Amanda

    You are exactly right Kurt.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Theron-Hater

    We are coming closer and closer to the time we have to recognize the play on emotions by people hoping to tap into Theron anger and how it may precipitate violence.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Veronica C

    I think the US is starting to reflect the violence that it sees everyday on television. It's quite frankly a tragedy of our own making.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. David

    Violence of this sort will continue for a long time. The need for people to have handguns is long past. The initial reason people were given the right to bear arms was to prevent attack from the British and other invading countries. We have the nuclear bomb, Potential invading countries deter acton against us due to the threat of use of the bomb. We do not need guns anymore. One day all the anilmals will be gone and the NRA will lose it's stance that hunters need hanguns and automatic rifles to hunt. Well, when there is nothing left to hunt we won't need guns. In the meantime tens of thousands of people will die due to gun violence.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yogi

      There are more animals than humans hunting them. That will never happen.
      I live in a state that supports gun rights. Death by shooting is very rare here. I do see a cause and effect. Guns don't kill, people kill, do we take away your autos ?You are far more likely to die in an auto accident than by a gun.

      March 31, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Craig

    Is John just a bot sending out the leftist party line hate against conservatives? what an unbelievable conclusion John reaches without any corroborating information. Based upon the great logic used by John one could reach the same contravening conclusion that "left wing radicals" did the shooting...but that would be silly. Mourn the injured and hope no one died, John and stop the auto-reaction against convervatives.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. KJ

    Could be a gang shooting, domestic situation, but John here assumes it's right wing related. Does someone in the Democrat party want to apologize for him.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AGuest9

    This in S.E. Sad, but not unusual...

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

    Wow, that's a bit of a stretch to instantly make this political. 6 people shot in DC is only a slight bump up from an average day.

    Having worked at a level 1 trauma center in DC, it's actually sad the amount of stuff that goes down any given day that never even makes the news. The violence and suffering you see on the news and read about in the newspaper is only the tip of the iceberg.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jaysunstar

    If I am not mistaken, I think John's point is that we have to recognize that there are people that are going to use right wing conspiracy "nuts" as a scapegoat and we have to see that the media is trying to peg anyone opposing the government as domestic terrorists. Once the media associates this violence with groups such as the tea party movement, then anyone can be a potential threat. So I think you guys would agree with John if you understood his comment. He said "recognize the play on emotions" that [media and special interest groups] will use to blame right wingers.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. George

    Knowing the section of DC where this occurred, it was probably drug related. The "right wing" people that John was referring to, probably wouldn't ever go through that section of the city, as they normally wouldn't have a reason to visit the Marion Berry Crack House.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Charles

    And the Supreme Court struck down the District's gun control law.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. anthony

    ya i tend to be very liberal but i dont see a connection here.............

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