City Desk

Nine Shot in Drive-By

There was a mass shooting on the 4000 block of South Capitol Street SE Tuesday night at around 7:30 p.m. On the scene, cops gave details that may or may not pan out: The shooters pulled up in a van and unloaded on a porch full of people. Six are shot. Three are dead. The three dead are two males and one female.

The Washington Post says three victims died at the scene. Fire Department spokesperson Pete Piringer told the Post most of the victims were in their 20s and 30s, but that one was a teenager.

Police cordoned off the area, so it was difficult to see exactly where the shooting occurred. An onlooker named Nate—who didn't want to give his last name—seemed to think the shooting took place near Eddie's Carryout at 4019 South Capitol St. SW.

Via email, Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes says that three suspects were stopped and will be interviewed and charged in connection with the drive-by. She says MPD recovered a gun from the suspects, and that police don't yet know what motivated the shooting.


The Post is reporting another death. "Initially, three people were reported killed in the shooting. D.C. police said early Wednesday that a fourth victim had died." There's also a chance the shooting incident produced more than nine victims: "A 10th person was found shot several blocks away, but police said they were unsure whether he was a victim of the same flurry of gunfire, which one witness likened to a war zone."


News Channel 8 reports that the names of two of the shooting suspects are Nathaniel Carter, 20, and Orlando Simms, 26.  They will be arraigned today at 4 p.m. D.C. police spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump says the third suspect is a juvenile.


The Examiner offers that Tuesday night's slaughter could be connected to a previous crime. The paper says that according to a police source: "One of the suspected gunmen told detectives that he himself [had]been shot in the weeks ahead of Tuesday's rampage..."

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  • proballdc

    According to Mayor Fenty, crime is down, so why is this an issue or a story.

  • se resident

    Any chance this spate of violence is fallout from this:

  • Awww just like old times!


    Are you kidding? Crime down and crime eliminated are not the same thing.

    However, now that you mention it, I am more in favor of Fenty.

    As soon as that Barry croney Gray announced we time-warped back to the 80's.

    If they get back in power expect more of this stuff. Back to the good ole days, huh?

  • Native Washingtonian

    Chronic black dysfunction coupled with chronic black entitlement. White people aren't to blame for any of this; trifling black people are.

    I can gurantee with 100% accuracy that these thugs were product of single black women who breed children like roaches by sorry black men whose commitment to the woman ended after ejaculation... if not before. That goes for the victims too.

    It's only going to get worse and those of you deluded enough to be apologists for this black on black stuff should have been a part of the crowd of people who were shot.

    The Black Community is DEAD.

  • Rick Mangus

    SE is the new Wild!, Wild!, West!

  • Native Washingtonian

    SW too, Rick. My understanding is that this happened on the demarcation line that separates SE from SW.

  • Typical DC BS

    This will be an interesting story to follow. Lots of questions: Who was being targeted? If the three people arrested are the gunmen, why did they shoot up this big crowd of people?

    The gunmen must be some cold-hearted people to do this to that many people, most of whom were probably in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • Anonymous

    "If they get back in power expect more of this stuff. Back to the good ole days, huh?"


    When you have nothing to say, resort to flinging dirt and fear-mongering.

    "They" don't happen to be at the controls... while Fenty, Nichols and Blondie #1, queen of hogties and roadblocks, have been running a version of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride for the last three years.

  • Native Washingtonian

    Great moment in black history. Martin and Malcolm would be so Proud! NOT!

  • Joan

    I know! Let's pour more tax dollars into Peaceaholics! That'll solve everything!

  • LifeTime

    DC Is The Wild Wild West! (SE NE NW SW)

  • sedcdude

    Like I posted earlier, DC should consider itself FORTUNATE in comparison to LA and heres proof........

    Crime ain't gone or going nowhere no matter who's in offce when you have the Feds, the locals, the rich and the out of touch dictating and manipulating the people!!

    Native you raise a good point but promote that blame the victim LINE of thinking and that does not work!!

    Lifetime thank you, because what affects S.E. ultimately affects N.W.....all relevant!

    These "victims" were not innocent, in fact I'm hearing it was retaliation and this is a reflection of a culture of IGNORANCE that has been fed and nurtured by society, the FEDS and POLITICS!

    The recession should proove to US that its WE and not ME, until WE understand that, we'll have this!

    Crime ain't going nowhere until WE stop foolin ourselves!

  • tired

    Why was Ron Moten on the scene I thought the Peaceoholics were out of business. Or is he still on the payroll? Or was he there standing in for his boss (Fenty) Inquiring minds want to know.


    LOL@Lifetime We have MS-13 Salvadoran gangs and black hoodlums in Northwest. Ron Moten called in on News Talk 8 on yesterday and talked bad about Vincent Gray. Dorothy Brazil recognized Moten's voice and called him out, because Moten is kissing Fenty's ass for the millions of dollars his group got from the District of Columbia.

  • LOVE

    I pray for the victims families of this horrific homicide. Both of the suspects were once students of mine.