The Washington Post

One dead, five wounded in shooting in Northeast

- BY MARTIN WEIL AND JASMINE HILTON

Six men were shot, one fatally, during an outbreak of gunfire Monday night in Northeast Washington not far from Capitol Hill, authoritie­s said.

The shooting was reported about 8:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of F Street NE outside the Azeeze Bates apartment complex, Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said at a news conference Monday night. The five who were injured were taken to a hospital. Their conditions were not known.

Contee said he did not know the reason for the shooting and that police did not know whether the men knew each other. He said there appeared to be a large group of people in the area when the shots were fired. An investigat­ion is ongoing.

“I’m angered at the fact that residents have to experience this in their community tonight,” Contee said. The residents didn’t deserve this. They did not deserve to have people shot in the communitie­s where they live.”

“The investment­s have been made to stem the tide of violence in our communitie­s,” Contee said. “Yet it seems that we have people in our communitie­s who have just lost their sense of humanity.”

The site of the shooting is in the Kingman Park neighborho­od near the northeaste­rn edge of Capitol Hill. A neighbor, one of several at the scene as ambulances lined the street, said she heard at least 15 shots.

Advisory Neighborho­od Commission­er Laura Gentile spent the evening talking with residents who live near the shooting.

“This is horrible,” Gentile said. “This is the worst that we’ve ever seen. People feel very unsafe.”

Contee asked that anyone with informatio­n call 202-727-9099.

Monday’s violent night included three other shootings, none of which were fatal. A woman was shot on Gainesvill­e Street SE; a man was shot on Newton Place NW; and another man was shot on Oglethorpe Street NE, all within the space of a few hours, officials said.

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