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Man Shot, Killed in Road Rage Incident on Benning Road in DC

At least three bullets went through the front windshield of an SUV, a photo of the scene shows

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A suspect shot and killed another driver in a fit of road rage in Northeast D.C. Monday morning before running off, all while two young children sat in the back seat of the suspect's car, police say.

D.C. police said the incident began during Monday morning rush hour when a Jeep rear-ended a Honda in the 4400 block of Benning Road NE. The driver of the Honda then got out of the car and fired numerous shots at the Jeep, killing the driver, police said.

"I heard screeching tires and then a crash — and then four, maybe five, rounds," one man who lives nearby told News4.

Then the shooter ran off, leaving behind two young children in the Honda, according to police.

Washington, D.C., is suffering a spike in gun violence, with almost 200 homicides so far this year – up 13 percent from last year. Perhaps no one has felt the impact more than a woman who has lost three sons. The News4 I-Team’s Scott MacFarlane reports.

Witnesses told News4 officers found the children in the back seat of the car and they appeared to be unharmed.

A photo of the scene showed at least three bullet holes in the front windshield of the white Jeep.

"It's out of control," the resident who spoke to News4 said. "I mean, something has to be done. Need to get guns out of these kids' hands because they don't value life at all."

An assistant chief for the Metropolitan Police Department told News4 the shooting happened during an episode of road rage.

It is unclear at this time if police have identified the suspect, and they have not released the name of the victim.

The killing marks the city's 198th homicide of the year. There were a total of 198 homicides in D.C. in 2020.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for updates to this developing story.

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