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.
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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.”
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