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Five shootings since Thursday night in D.C., three in Northwest

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- A series of five shootings which stretched from Thursday night into Friday morning in D.C., three of which happened in Northwest, put four victims in district hospitals and killed another.

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The first shooting occurred just before 9 p.m. on 14th Street Northwest, a popular stretch filled with trendy bars and restaurants. The crime scene stretched four blocks along 14th Street, from S Street to U street.

One person received minor injuries, but stray bullets flew everywhere.

Steve Lanning was driving through the area with his wife and 9-year-old daughter when their SUV was hit on the passenger’s side where the young girl sat. The bullet lodged in the door, and thankfully, no one was hurt.

"I turned around to look to see if my daughter was okay," said Steve. "I never thought I'd have to do that in my life. You have a sense of anger just at the senselessness of this violence."

"Today we kept her home from school," he said on Friday. "She couldn't sleep last night, she didn't want to leave the house."

That shooting was followed by another a little more than an hour later on the 1500 block of Jonquil Street NW. The adult male victim was conscious and breathing following the incident and was transported to a hospital.

Police got the call for Northwest's third shooting of the night at 11:33 p.m. and responded along the 1200 block of Rock Creek Ford Road NW. The victim, a male minor, was shot in the buttocks.

D.C. police responded to a fourth shooting, this one in Southeast, at 3 a.m. Friday morning. The adult male victim was shot in the abdomen and was conscious and breathing when police arrived. The shooting took place along the 3900 block of Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

The fifth and final shooting happened at about 8:20 a.m. Friday, where a man was shot and killed in the 1900 block of Third Street NE. MPD officials say that the victim is 24-year-old Vernon Davis.

Police gathered at the scene while concerned neighbors and the mother of the victim stood shocked by what had happened.

"I heard about all the violence before midnight, and then I got a phone call after midnight early this morning saying my son had got shot," said Vernon's mother, Gloria Pannell.

Davis was reportedly shot repeatedly, and died in the alley behind 3rd Street.

"I just don't understand -- why did they do this to my son? What did my son do to deserve this?" said Gloria.

D.C.’s Police Chief says the violence must stop, and neighborhood leaders say it’s also time for them to take action.

"We are responsible for what goes on in this community," said Larry West, Pastor at Mt. Airy Baptist Church. "We are concerned about the people who live in this community."

Police said the four shootings were likely not connected and are asking the public to help track down the shooters. They still do not know the cause or reason behind any of the shootings.

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