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U Street NW reopens

8:10 p.m. Update: U Street NW has been reopened.

7:50 p.m. Update: 12th Street has been entirely re-opened, police say.

Photo by Aaron Davis/The Washington Post

Updates on the shooting on Crime Scene

6:33 p.m. Update: Metro says the entrance at 13th and U streets has reopened.

5:45 p.m. Update: DDOT says that U Street remains closed to pedestrians and vehicles between 9th and 14th. The Metro entrance at 13th is also closed. Pedestrians are using T Street to get to the 10th Street Metro entrance.

4:15 p.m. Update: DDOT said U Street may remain closed through rush hour.

4 p.m. Update: The closures are still in effect.

2:29 p.m. Update: Closures continue on U Street and at the 13th and U Street entrance to the U Street Metro station while police investigate today's shooting. Florida Avenue is the best alternate for drivers, and Metro riders can use the 10th Street entrance.

2:10 p.m. Update: D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier has now confirmed that one person is dead in the incident.

She said that as a a funeral for Ashley McRae was ending, several people went to form a procession. A group of people went to a tan SUV when a group of males opened fire, police said. Police believe the vehicle that was fired on left the scene and got two blocks to 11th and U streets before overturning.

Police said Ashley McRae was found about 3:30 a.m. last Saturday in a vehicle in the 2700 block of Bruce Place SE. Police said Damon Antonio Sams, 22, of Southeast Washington was arrested and charged with second-degree murder while armed in McRae's death.

-- Paul Duggan

1:55 p.m. Update:
The 13th Street entrance of the U Street-Cardozo Metro station is closed. The entrance at 10th and U streets remains open, according to Metro.

1:35 p.m. Update: The District Department of Transportation reports that eastbound traffic on U Street is congested at 14th Street. DDOT recommends Florida Avenue as an alternative route.

Our colleagues on the Crime Scene blog are reporting that Bryan Weaver, an ANC commissioner and activist who works with kids in the neighborhood, told The Post's Mike DeBonis that he was having lunch at U Street Bistro when he heard gunshots across the street. "It sounded like someone closing the door to the back of a moving trailer," he said.

Weaver said he heard shots, and then saw a car come onto U Street from an alley. The shooting started near 13th Street and ended near 11th Street.

1:02 p.m. Update: U Street is closed from 14th to 9th Street. Alternate routes include Florida Avenue to New Hampshire and T and S streets.

1 p.m. Update:

D.C. police are on the scene of a double shooting at the corner 11th and U streets NW, police said. They said the shooting appeared to be a drive-by attack, occurring shortly after noon, after which the assailants fled in a vehicle. The conditions of the victims are not immediately clear.

Original post: U Street is closed east of 14th Street NW. Police are on the scene investigating a shooting with two victims. According to Post staff writer Aaron Davis, a vehicle on the scene is overturned, with its top sheared off.

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By Michael Bolden  | September 28, 2010; 8:24 PM ET
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thanks for updating but I think putting someones full name (or any name at all) in a crime incident as a witness is dangerous. There are some harmful people in this world and though to you and the witness it may be fine or not a big deal, but people do kill's a real issue. I think you should make up an alias name for future reference or just put an "eye witness" or whatever. I grew up in DC around situations like this and TRUST, you don't want to get caught up in it. God forbid but if someone did get hurt from running there mouth, what are you or washington post gonna do?

Posted by: freedom26 | September 28, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

"their" know what I mean:) but please protect the people's lives who gives you the information.....

Posted by: freedom26 | September 28, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

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