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Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 05/ 2/2010

8 shot in bloody night across region

By Washington Post Editors

Eight people were shot, two fatally, in an unusual outbreak of violence across the District and its Maryland suburbs late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, police said.

D.C. itself recorded four separate shootings with a total of six victims, including a 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed. It is unclear if any of the cases are related. Prince George’s County also had a homicide outside a Popeye’s restaurant in Upper Marlboro, and Montgomery County had a non-fatal shooting as part of a robbery attempt in Bethesda, authorities said.

The violence in D.C. began about 10:30 p.m. in the 4700 block of Jay Street NE, authorities said. A man sleeping in a car in the area called police to report he had been awakened by the sound of gunfire, then realized he himself had been shot, said Gwendolyn Crump, a police spokeswoman. The man’s injuries are not thought to be life threatening, and police are still looking for suspects, she said. It is unclear what sparked the shooting, she said.

About a half hour later, police were again called to Northeast for the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy in the 500 block of Edgewood Street, Crump said. She said police have no suspects or motive in the case, and they are withholding the boy’s name until family members can be notified of his death.

Just before 1 a.m., D.C. police responded to two more shootings. Three people, two men and a female teenager, were shot while walking in the 600 block of Southern Avenue SE, and another man was shot while walking in the 500 block of 51st Street NE. Crump said she did not have information on suspects or motives in either case, and she did not know the condition of the victims. The man shot in northeast, she said, reported a story similar to that of the man in the car: he heard gunfire, then realized he himself had been shot, she said.

Prince George’s County also recorded a fatal shooting in the 5300 block of Marlboro Pike in the Upper Marlboro, near a Popeye’s restaurant, police said. Officers were called to the scene just after 2:40 a.m., and arrived to find a man suffering from a gunshot wound, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a Prince George’s County police spokesman. The man was pronounced dead, and police still have no suspects or motive in the case.

Around the same time, a man was shot as part of a robbery attempt in the Bethesda area of Montgomery County, police said. Police said a man wearing a mask and armed with an old fashioned revolver tried to rob the victim in the 5300 block of River Road, and at some point during the encounter, shot him. The suspect fled on foot, and the victim was transported to a nearby hospital with injuries not thought to be life threatening, police said

--Matt Zapotosky

By Washington Post Editors  | May 2, 2010; 10:53 AM ET
 
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Comments

The headline should have read, 5 shot in Maryland.

Posted by: Ward4DC | May 2, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

The headline should have read, 5 shot in Maryland.

Posted by: Ward4DC | May 2, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

This is exactly why Northrop did NOT move its headquarters to Maryland, particularly Montgomery County.

Northrop realized that the families of its employees wouldn't be as safe in MoCo as they would be in Virginia.

Keep feed the criminal monster, Ike. Hopefully you AND your band of merry 9 will be gone this election day.

Posted by: politicalregister | May 2, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Bethesda is a wretched hive of scum and villainy. I cannot walk down the streets of downtown Bethesda without fearing for my life.

Posted by: empsg59 | May 2, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

@ Ward4DC There were 6 in DC .... 2 in Maryland according to this article.

Posted by: afropuff_03 | May 2, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

It's the devolution of certain elements of American society and it's not restricted to DC, even Chicago is considering use of the national guard to restore order to the streets. The curious may wish to search the archives of the WP for stories dealing with urban violence during the same week MLK was speaking at the Lincoln Memorial to gain some insight into how far we have fallen.

Posted by: slim2 | May 2, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

5300 blk of Marlboro pike, is NOT Upper Marlboro. . if memmory serves correctly, its Coral Hills.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | May 2, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

5300 Block of Marlboro Pike is neither Upper Marlboro or Coral Hills. It's an unincorporated area of District Heights.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | May 2, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

And some members of Congress think that what the District of Columbia needs is more guns. I was thinking about this as I was driving down Sheriff Road Saturday, and noticing how there was little else but churches and liquor stores on that thoroughfare. And do you know where the gun shops will be located once the conservatives in Congress gut our gun laws? Not on Wisconsin Avenue, I bet.

Posted by: DCProud | May 2, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

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