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Woman Killed, 5 Others Shot in Southwest DC: Police

The Bellevue neighborhood is a focus area for MPD's Fall Crime Prevention Initiative

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A woman is dead and five other people are recovering after a mass shooting in Southwest Washington, D.C., police say.

Gunfire erupted on Forrester Street SW in the Bellevue neighborhood just after 11 p.m. Friday, the same day a police crime prevention program launched in that area, according to D.C. police.

The woman who died was identified as 35-year-old Temika Johnson from Southwest D.C.

Another woman and four men had also been shot.

A neighbor who saw the crime scene last night who did not want to be identified said he's tired of the violence.

"Unfortunately, it's so common now, it's almost like it's the norm," he said. "You just hope it's not you, you hope it's not your family or anybody that you know. You don't want anybody to go through it."

Some people living in D.C.'s Brightwood Park neighborhood hope a new crime prevention initiative keeps their streets safe. News4's Shomari Stone spoke with residents.

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Police are searching for a silver Honda sedan that was spotted at the scene.

No one arrests were immediately announced.

Residents said the neighborhood was unusually silent on Saturday following the shooting.

Gunfire erupted the same day that the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fall Crime Prevention Initiative began in five areas, including the Washington Highlands/Bellevue neighborhoods.

The District had recorded 156 homicides as of midnight Friday, up 9% from last year.

Stay with News4 for more on this developing story.

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