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Man, Boy Shot in Southeast DC After Dispute Between 9-Year-Olds, Police Say

A U.S. Park Police helicopter was called to the scene to transport one of the shooting victims.

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A dispute between a 9-year-old boy and girl led to a shooting Tuesday in Southeast D.C. that hurt a man and the boy involved, police said.

D.C. first responders were called to the 1500 block of Morris Road SE just before 5 p.m. for the report of “several people shot,” authorities said. 

Police said someone with a gun intervened in a dispute between two children. When police arrived, they found two victims and said one of them is a 9-year-old boy who was involved in the dispute.

News4's Darcy Spencer reports that an adult had to be airlifted to the hospital in critical condition and a boy who was also shot is expected to survive.

Police also said that the shooter targeted the adult victim.

"We believe that the shooting is connected to the altercation between the male and the female 9-year-old. We believe that the adult who was shot was shot very specific to this altercation," D.C. police Assistant Chief Andre Wright said.

A U.S. Park Police helicopter was called to the scene to transport the man who was shot. He is in critical condition, authorities said.

The boy suffered what is described as a graze wound in the leg and is expected to survive his injuries, News4's Darcy Spencer reports.

Information on the shooter or shooters was not immediately provided.

A resident said he heard the gunshots but thought they were firecrackers.

"And I'm sitting there watching the news. I said, 'Oh no. Come on.' This is enough. They just killed a guy in front of my building Friday," he said.

Around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, a 13-year-old boy, two women and two men were hurt when gunfire erupted in the 2200 block of Alabama Avenue SE after a lone gunman fired at people in front of a convenience store, police say.

“These types of crimes that happen in our community should be unacceptable. I don’t care what ward you live in,” Police Chief Robert Contee said. “When someone brazenly fires into a crowd of people, striking five people, innocent people in this instance, that’s unacceptable.”

This is a developing story. Refresh for updates.

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