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2 fatalities in Southest D.C. overnight

D.C. police are investigating two fatalities that occurred overnight in Southeast Washington, one an apparent homicide victim who died from multiple gunshot wounds, the other a cyclist who was struck by two cars.

About 2:55 a.m. Saturday, police responded to the 1600 block of W Street SE and found a male victim shot multiple times, said Officer Eric Frost, a police spokesman. The victim was unresponsive at the scene and later pronounced dead at a hospital, Frost said. The incident is being investigated as a homicide, and police are trying to identify the victim through fingerprints, he said.

About 10:45 p.m. Friday, a male cyclist traveling southwest in the 1400 block of Southern Avenue SE was struck by a 2004 Chevy Suburban. The driver remained at the scene, and the victim was later struck by a second car -- a dark blue compact -- occupied by three people, police said. The second car drove off, and an eyewitness flagged down an ambulance, police said.

Asked whether the victim could have been alive after the first impact, Frost said, “We don't know. … They can't say whether the second car definitively caused death or not.” Frost described the location as a “dark area, and at that time it's not heavily traveled." He said the length of time between the two cars striking the victim was not known.

The victim was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center and pronounced dead at 11:38 p.m., police said. The driver of the first car was not injured and was questioned but not charged, police said.

-- Jonathan Mummolo

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 5, 2010; 11:34 AM ET
Categories:  Homicide , The District  
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