Metropolitan Police are searching for a group of people who were involved in an Easter Sunday shooting that injured three men in Southeast D.C.
The shooting occurred just before 5 p.m. in an alleyway near the intersection of 14th and Cedar streets SE.( Sun Apr 20 16:17:33 PDT 2014 $__output )
A woman said she heard 20 shots in rapid succession, although it's unknown how many people may have been shooting.
Authorities said all the victims were males in their late teens or in early 20s.
All three victims were shot in the lower extremities. Two of the victims walked to a fire station about a block away from the intersection. The third victim was found lying in the street.
All were transported to local hospitals. Their injuries are described as non-life threatening, reported News4's Darcy Spencer.
Violence coming on Easter Sunday left some neighborhood residents shaking their heads.
"It's a day of peace; you know, a day of love," said one man. "To have something like this happen, I don't know.... Twenty-something shots, that's incredible."
"I think it's terrible.... I mean, Easter, come on, you don't have anything better to do?" said another man, who volunteers at a nearby church.
The investigation is ongoing. A motive in the shooting is unknown.
U.S. Park Police, whose jurisdiction includes the Frederick Douglass House near the scene of the shooting, were assisting MPD via a helicopter search of the area.
"Right now we're doing a canvas; we're using Park Police assets to look on the Frederick Douglass House, for their land, and right now we're just conducting the scene with our detectives," said Lt. John Alter of the Metropolitan Police Department.