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Posted at 6:54 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Two dead after Sunday D.C. shootings

By Mary Pat Flaherty

A 16-year-old was one of two victims fatally shot in separate incidents Sunday in the District, police said.

Police on Monday said that Bryant Morillo, 16, of Hyattsville died in a shooting about 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the 4500 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW, in which another person was also shot and wounded.

Brian C. Scott, 21, of Upper Marlboro died after being shot in a separate incident about 7 a.m. Sunday at 13th Place and Congress Street SE, police said Monday.

Two others were seriously wounded in that shooting and taken to hospitals.

In the Congress Street shooting, Police Chief Cathy Lanier on Sunday said that four people had been in a car that was shot at, with three hospitalized and a fourth receiving a minor injury. On Monday evening, police said the fourth person was a witness but had not been shot.

Sunday's shootings were the first of the year. Last year, the District had 131 homicides, its lowest homicide count in more than 40 years.

Staff writer Theola Labbé-DeBose contributed to this report.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | January 3, 2011; 6:54 PM ET
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Comments

Let's hope those responsible are caught and prosecuted.
Sadly, this news comes as word of the reduction in homicides is being made public.
I can imagine there are 6 families not thinking things have improved.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | January 3, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Sunday's shootings were the first of the year. Last year, the District had 131 homicides, its lowest homicide count in more than 40 years.
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Wow, I remember in the late 80's early 90's when the city would get about 100 bodies a month. Don't know who to give credit too, but whoever it is needs to keep up the good work.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | January 3, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Anywhere on the globe leftists/democrats/statists are in charge? Look out..

Posted by: wewintheylose | January 4, 2011 4:36 AM | Report abuse

At the peak of DC's murder rate in the late 80s and early 90s it was 450-500 murders a year. That's about 40 something "bodies" a year, which is astronomically high for the population of less than a million.

Posted by: jab00 | January 4, 2011 6:20 AM | Report abuse

Poor Bryant. The other victim was Brian Scott, I believe. My heart goes out to the families.

And to the village idiot -- wewintheylose: Vermont?

Posted by: darrren12000 | January 4, 2011 6:21 AM | Report abuse

That's about 40 something "bodies" a month (I meant).

Posted by: jab00 | January 4, 2011 6:22 AM | Report abuse

That almost 3 people murdered EVERY DAY.

It's still too high. People's attitude about violence need to change.

Posted by: keedrow | January 4, 2011 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Exactly Keedrow....still too high!

Posted by: awfulexcuse1 | January 4, 2011 7:47 AM | Report abuse

People please, I know it's early but check your math before posting.

In 1991 there were 479 murders, the all time high in DC. 479 murders/ 365 days= 1.31 murders per day or 39.91 (40) murders per month.

In 2010 the lowest total in 40 years, 131 murders / 365 days= 0.35 murders per day or roughly one per three days.

-------------------------------------------Wow, I remember in the late 80's early 90's when the city would get about 100 bodies a month. Don't know who to give credit too, but whoever it is needs to keep up the good work.
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That almost 3 people murdered EVERY DAY.

It's still too high. People's attitude about violence need to change.

Posted by: igotstripes | January 4, 2011 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Agreed Keedrow, I think we've gotten de-sensitized to violence and murder, understatement of the new year.

Posted by: UnknownHenson | January 4, 2011 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Look people, DC reports only 131 murders, but PG County reported 96 last year. A large portion of PG County's murders are from people once residing or currently having ties to SE and NE parts of DC. If those people were not venturing out to PG County, the DC number would be well in to the 200's. It is a fact that under Mayor William (Pre-Fenty), he closed and demolished many public housing complexes and slowed and elimated many section 8 housing. That pushed many undesirable people out to Maryland. Thus we started to see Maryland's numbers going up for robbery, murder and various other violent crimes!

Posted by: HotelGuest | January 4, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

igotstripes - where did you learn to do math man. To find the number of murders per day you divide 365 by 131 not the other way around. I'll take it as a simple mistake since you calculated the 1991 murder #s correctly.

Posted by: keedrow | January 4, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

igotstrips - I take that back. You must have been educated in DC public schools because you even caculated the 1991 murders incorrectly. Check the numbers with your kid before posting.

Posted by: keedrow | January 4, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

To all you DC-haters out there, from the story, it looks like if there were only a fence at the border (as would please many of you, unless we also charged a toll)this would have been 2 homicides for PG and zero for DC.

Posted by: blankspace | January 4, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

blankspace,
I'm not a DC hater...I'm just a stupid activities hater.
Would these taking place in PG, MoCo or Va. make them any different?
DC just seems to have a higher concentration of stupidity.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | January 4, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

i knew bryant and its a tragic what happen to him.

Posted by: taliasuarez95 | January 4, 2011 8:27 PM | Report abuse

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