D.C. Police: Couple Found Dead Likely Targeted

D.C. Police say a young couple found dead inside their home Thursday was likely targeted.

Crews were called to the 1600 block of 17th Street SE just before 4 p.m. and found Ervin Phillip Ingraham, 21, and Ronnetta Hurley-Brown, 21, with gunshot wounds.

Police have not released how long their bodies may have been inside the home, and say a call for gunshots earlier that afternoon is not related to their deaths. 

News4's Shomari Stone reported the couple's two young children, aged 1 and 2, were in the home at the time of shooting. In a news conference Friday, police said the children have been placed with Child Protective Services.

Ingraham's mother was on the scene Thursday night, visibly upset by the news of her son's death.

The couple's deaths increased the city's homicides this month to 14 -- though police say two of those deaths were infants who were killed last year, but were classified as homicides in 2014. In comparison, there were three homicides total in January 2013.

"There's always concern about the number of homicides," Lt. Anthony Haythe said. "We have detectives working diligently on every case."

Police have not released any suspect information at this time in Ingraham and Hurley-Brown's deaths.

Anyone with information that can lead to an arrest should call police at 202-727-9099.

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