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The story behind the March 30 Southeast D.C. shootings

POSTED: 01:15 PM ET, 06/ 3/2010 by Jennifer Jenkins

The March 30 drive-by shootings that claimed the lives of at least three -- a fourth remains unconscious -- in Southeast D.C. can be traced back to a gathering at which a man lost track of a bracelet. The confusion over the whereabouts of that bracelet, Post reporting and court filings shows, led to more mayhem, some of it deadly, in the following nine days:

Interactive graphic: Timeline of the shooting of nine people in Southeast Washington

Part one: Prelude to a tragedy
On the wrist of Sanquan "Bootsy" Carter, the bracelet looked like what it was: a band of cheap yellow metal, 1 5/8 inches wide, encrusted with scores of sparkly glass studs.

Part two: Deadly retaliation
Sixth and Chesapeake streets SE was Orlando Carter's little realm, where police said his peculiar charisma and entrepreneurial zeal made him a natural leader of the crack and marijuana trades.

Update: D.C. police target the retaliation killings that make up majority of murder rate

By Jennifer Jenkins |  June 3, 2010; 1:15 PM ET The Daily Read
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