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Northwest D.C. shootings kill two, injure four

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The peace and innocence of a Fourth of July night in the nation’s capital was tragically shattered as suspects opened fire in two separate shootings, hours apart, in Northwest D.C.

Two people were killed and four were wounded.

Police were called to the 100 block of Gallatin Street NW at 8 p.m. Wednesday for report of a shooting, police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump says.

Four people were shot behind a shopping center on New Hampshire Avenue.

Crevontai Key, 19, of Northeast, died.

Police say a man and a juvenile male were admitted to the hospital in serious condition. A fourth victim was taken by a family member to the hospital, where he was treated and released, authorities said.

Crump said the victims were all males, with injuries ranging from minor to serious. Crump says two of the victims are under 18 and two are older than 18.

“From what we know, individuals were on foot, opened fire on another group of individuals that were at the apartments," said Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

The shooting started in the 500 block of First Street NW, Crump said. The suspect fled the area on foot.

Hours later, officers responded to another shooting, this time in the 600 block of Morton Street NW.

Police say two men were shot there around 2 a.m. Thursday.

Julius Barnett Ellington, a 35-year-old Northwest D.C. resident, was shot in the face and later died, police said. The other victim was hit in the back. He is being hospitalized in stable condition. Police say both victims were conscious and breathing when police arrived at the scene.

No suspect information was available in either incident.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

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