Seven Shot on a Deadly Friday in the District

Seven shot, Two Dead in Three Separate Shootings

By John Wist
|  Saturday, Jun 19, 2010  |  Updated 3:20 PM EDT
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Seven Shot on a Deadly Friday in the District

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Gunfire erupted in the District overnight as two different shootings occurred just an hour apart. Six teenagers were hit and two have died.

In all yesterday, seven people were injured in three different shootings in just a 12-hour time fram.

It started at 1 p.m. Friday, when a man was shot along Nannie Helen Boroughs Avenue in Northeast near 50th Street. That man is in stable condition, and police are looking for two suspects who fled the scene in a gold minivan.

Then around 10:30 p.m., one man died and two others were injured in the 800 block of Yuma Avenue in Southeast. The deceased was identified as Cornell K. Yates, 36, of the 10700 block of Bickford Avenue, Clinton, Md.

The other two victims were shot in the legs, and their injuries are not life-threatening. Their identities are not being released because they are witnesses. Police are saying that it may have been a driveby shooting.

Only an hour later, another triple shooting occurred along the 5900 block of Georgia Avenue in Northwest. Two teen girls and a teenage boy were shot. The boy, Jamal Bell, 16, died early this morning. He lived in the 5300 block of 1st Street N.W.

The two girls are expected to recover; their identities are not being released because they are witnesses. Police say the shooting stemmed from an incident at a go-go concert at a nearby church.

News4 was on the scene of that second triple shooting. Witnesses said that they heard at least five shots, and that there were a lot of teenagers hanging out in the area at the time.

So far police have not identified any suspects in the two triple shootings. Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call police at 202-727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746).

These series of shootings come only about three months after on of the deadliest drive-by shootings in D.C. history. That shooting injured nine and took the lives of five. 

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