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Friday shootings victims identified

Two of the six people shot late Friday night in two separate incidents in the District have died, D.C. police said. One victim was a 16-year-old teenager and the other was a 36-year-old Clinton man.

The two shootings occurred within an hour and 10 minutes, one in the 800 block of Yuma Street in Southeast, and the other miles away in the 5900 block of Georgia Avenue NW.

The four other victims in the shootings suffered wounds that were described as non life threatening.

The slain teenager was identified Saturday by police as Jamaal Bell, of the 5300 block of First Street NW. Police said early Saturday that he was one of three people shot after a go-go concert in the Georgia Avenue corridor. Several fights broke out during the concert, and it was ended early, police said.

A group of young people, many of them described as teenagers, began walking south along Georgia Avenue from the scene of the concert.

In the Brightwood section, just south of Peabody Street, they encountered a larger group of about 50 people, who had gathered there. At around 11:30 p.m. shots were fired out of the larger group, police said.

According to their preliminary investigation, Bell was struck in the head. Two young women, who were in their late teens, were hit in the legs. They walked to a nearby firehouse to call for help.

Bell was taken to a hospital where he later died, authorities said. The two young women were also taken to hospitals by D.C. fire and emergency medical services personnel.

A fourth person was injured at the scene, and at first authorities believed that he had also been shot. It was later determined that he was injured when a plate glass window was smashed.

The man killed in the other shooting was identified by police as Cornell K. Yates, who lived on Bickford Avenue in Clinton.

Investigators said early Saturday that a group of people had gathered outdoors on Yuma Street in the Washington Highlands area when someone walked up to them and began shooting.

Yates died after being taken to a hospital. The two wounded people, who were both described early Saturday as being in their 30s or 40s, were also taken to hospitals.

No specific motive was given in either of the shooting incidents. As of late Saturday, no arrests had been reported in either of them.

--Clarence Williams and Martin Weil

By Terri Rupar  |  June 19, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
Categories:  Clarence Williams , Homicide , Martin Weil , The District , Updates  
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DC parents...keep your teens home at night if you really love them and want them to survive. There are murderers, gangs, etc., out there who are targeting your children. There are paybacks and just generalized anger. Keep your children at home at night!

Posted by: DecafDrinker | June 19, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

How does the song go??

-"Summertime, and the killin is easy."

I dint see nuffin!

Come on community. Start teaching your children.

Posted by: wobbleman47 | June 20, 2010 5:50 AM | Report abuse

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