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..."