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13 people injured in drive-by shooting in Northwest

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D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells on Tuesday is meeting with community members in the northwest D.C. neighborhood where a drive-by shooting injured 13 people Monday morning. 

The shooting erupted in the 1200 block of North Capitol Street at about 2 a.m. Photo: John Gonzalez

The incident took place around 2 a.m. Monday near Washington's Sursum Corda neighborhood in the 1200 block of North Capitol Street, police say. One person remains in critical condition.

In a series of tweets sent late Monday night, Wells said that his top concern going forward was the threat of retaliation. As of yet, no suspects have been located or arrested.

The councilman is also concerned about a lack of actionable evidence or information other than several seconds of surveillance video that captured the violence.

 

D.C. councilmember Tommy Wells started his day Tuesday at the scene of the crime. He says police have some leads but making a quick arrest is crucial. The local leader spent some time talking with residents, clergy members and the building manager.

 

"(We’re) very concerned about any retaliation,” Wells says.

Wells believes adding to Monday morning's chaos was the fact that hundreds of young people had just hit the streets after being let out of a couple of nite clubs in the neighborhood. He says because of the new homes moving in and zoning changes. He's actually going to do everything in his power to shutdown the clubs here.

All of the victims were conscious and breathing when they were found, though, police said. The most serious injury was sustained by one person who was reportedly shot in the back. At least three of the victims were women.

One 25-year-old victim, who declined to be identified, said he was walking home when the shooting took place.

"I just heard gunshots ring out. It sounded like machine guns,” he says. "Then, before you know it, I had looked down (and) my ankle was bleeding. It felt like hot glass sticking through my ankle.”

He says the doctor told him a bullet went through his ankle and shattered it.

Among the wounded is Deloltre Douglas' brother, a 17-year-old shot in the hand, leaving a trace of blood in the building's lobby. He and others ran back into their apartments looking for help.

“He said they started shooting and the front door wouldn't open,” Douglas says. “Ran in the house and said he got shot.”

MPD officials released surveillance video of the scene as the shooting broke out. A search is on for the cars shown. Warning: The video depicts a shooting scene. Discretion is advised when viewing.

Police are on the lookout for two cars: an older model blue vehicle and a silver sedan.

One man has been detained for questioning..

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