2 Dead, 1 Injured in Southeast D.C. Shooting

Southeast has seen a recent rash in shootings

Police have identified the two men killed in a triple shooting in southeast D.C. Wednesday night.

Officers from the Sixth District Patrol Support Team were in the 300 block of Ridge Road SE when they heard gunshots around 11:39 p.m. At the scene, they found three men suffering from gunshot wounds.

Nineteen-year-old Anthony Chase of Southeast was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say Eric Leeper, 27, of Southeast died at an area hospital from his injuries. Police say the third victim suffered gunshot wounds to the buttocks, leg and arm. He has since been released from the hospital.

Chase 's older brother told NBC4's Tony Tull that his brother and two friends were standing outside when they were approached by the gunman and shot. He added Chase was a recent  high school graduate and left behind a 1-month-old baby.

The crime scene spans about six blocks, Tull reported. Bullet holes could be seen in three cars parked along the street.

Police do not have a clear description of the suspect. They say the gunman was wearing denim shorts and a black T-shirt, and had a black T-shirt tied around his head.

There's been a recent rash in shooting in southeast in the past week.

Three men were shot in the 2400 block of Elvans Road SE just after 12:30 a.m Tuesday. According to police,  two men approached the victims and fired shots at them. Their injuries were not considered  life-threatening.

One man was shot in the back, the second in the right arm and thigh and the third man was shot in one of his legs.

Tuesday's shooting happened blocks away from the scene of a shooting that injured four people Saturday evening. Police are looking for two men in connection with that shooting.

"Certainly in the heat, there is an increase of shootings out there," Cmdr. George Kucik said Wednesday.

There's no word on whether police believe any of the shootings are connected.


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