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Unacceptable: D.C. Drive By Shooting Into Crowd With AK-47 Injures 9, Leaving 4 Dead [Video]

(AP) D.C. police say a fourth person has died after a drive-by shooting in southeast Washington.
Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said early Wednesday the person was among the nine hit Tuesday when a gunman sprayed bullets into a crowd of people.

Officials say three people were arrested and a weapon was recovered after six men and three women were shot around the 4000 block of South Capitol Street southeast.

Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer says all were in their 20s and 30s, except for one teenager.

Authorities say four D.C. officers were slightly injured while chasing a suspect's vehicle into neighboring Prince George's County in Maryland.

A gunman sprayed bullets "into a crowd," said Police Chief Cathy Lanier. The shootings of six men and three women happened about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in southeastern Washington, D.C., said D.C. Police Department spokesman Officer Hugh Carew. Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer says all the victims were in their 20s and 30s, except for one teenager.

One shooting victim died at the scene, one was dead on arrival at the hospital, and the third died in the operating room, said Carolyn Hammond, spokeswoman for Washington Hospital Center. She said a fourth person was in critical condition late Tuesday.

The neighborhood is near a water treatment plant and Bolling Air Force Base. Sections of southeastern D.C. have problems with crime, though surprised neighbors told local media that the area was not a bad place to live and wasn't dangerous.

Washington reported 143 homicides last year, the fewest in nearly 50 years.

The crime scene stretched for blocks and streets were blocked off.

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Comment by dave pope on April 3, 2010 at 8:09pm
my old hood ain't change after all these years.
Comment by on March 31, 2010 at 3:38pm
this is happening all over the country when is it going to stop.
Comment by on March 31, 2010 at 3:37pm
this is tragic, innocent lives lost for what?

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