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. Eddie

    I would have guessed it was the resurrected body of Wyatt Earp wreaking revenge upon a lawless America. But your theory seems much more plausible. Well done.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Angela

    Some of the most violent crimes that occur in D.C. are in this area. That's not opinion. You can find this data on the D.C. Metropolitan Police website. Every major metropolitan city in the United States has an area where violence is worse than others. For D.C. it's in the south for a variety of reasons. The southern part of D.C. has a water port, a major north-south interstate corridor nearby, and a fairly transient population. Crime rates in D.C. are better than some cities and worse than others.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jacob

    John... we all participate in conjecture from time to time. Some of us think it and others say it out loud. You merely said what many others were already considering as a possibility. What is undeniable is that there are a lot of very unhappy people on the extreme left who are not shy about making overt threats... carrying out those threat, as you've suggested, can't be far behind. So I agree with you, responsible leaders who care about our country need to tone down the rhetoric.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Helen

    I'm surprised by the comment on right-wing rhetoric. Given the neighborhood in which this occured, it's far more likely that this was gang-related. Sadly, violence is all too common in DC.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. R.Lord

    People get shot in Washington D.C. a lot, and it has nothing to do with politics, it has to do with hoodlums. If there is any political comment to be made here is is that as hoodlums, it is likely that they voted for Obama after being registered to vote by ACORN.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Will

    Random shootings happen all the time...It's D.C. for god sake, the most violent city in America, people get shot, that doesn't mean it's automatically motivated by recent events in congress. If it is, we can debate the horrific nature of it then, but until it is proven to be more than another rash of random shootings in Washington, we shall leave it at just that.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. llmama

    D.C. has one of the highest crime rates in the country, people get shot all the time there but now it's the right-wing rather than the gang-bangers it usually is?

    March 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Stop lying about the Death cult

    the guy who shot at the republican minority leader was a MUSLIM where was the rhetoric or facts on that? He did it as an act of jihad and yet again our indoctrinated media downplayed that LIEBERALS HATE and ANGER. Who says this is from the right?

    March 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ambal

    Say what? Teh Right Wingers? No, no, no – it was something instigated by liberal congressmen and senators, so they'd be able to point finger to the right wingers.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe Kokro

    Too early for any conclusion, folks.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David

    Sorry John, but I have to say the previous 2 posters are right. There hasn't been any link found so far that points in any direction, much less the Right. And though I'm probably solidly identified by political affiliation and what I'd like to see happen in Washington as a Leftie (a label I wear proudly), we can't – any of us – get so much exercise jumping to conclusions. I think that what we can all agree on is that this is a human tragedy, and our responsibility is to keep it in that perspective.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael

    5000 South Capitol Street is nowhere near the Capitol or any major Federal buildings- it is actually 50 city blocks away. The area where the shootings happened has severe drug and gang problems.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David

    Agreed that there is no warrant in this story to presuppose right-wing anger in play, and that from one, myself, who believes that right-wing vitriol is an issue these days.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobby

    The highest crime rate in the country right at the White House steps. We dennounce the lack of human rights in this world while some of the worst violators are right here in the US. Killing and shootings in our inner cities is raging and it is being ignored. People living in a war zone, right next to the WH.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JW

    50 million Americans killed in the womb bu liberalism, and they are woried about Patriots being violent?

    March 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
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