2 killed, 4 injured in pair of D.C. triple shootings just blocks apart
Updated: July 14, 2014 - 07:12 pm
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Seven people were shot—three fatally—in three separate shooting incidents in the District on Sunday.
Just blocks apart, two triple shootings took place, the first around 1:20 a.m. on July 13 at North Capitol and T streets NW.
Tracie Phillips witnessed the aftermath.
“I saw a car hit a fire hydrant, called 911 immediately,” she said.
Metropolitan Police say 36-year-old Jimmie Fleming of Washington, D.C. was in the car with three other men when he opened fire on all of them, allegedly yelling “Bang” each time he pulled the trigger. The driver crashed the vehicle.
Police arrived on scene to find 21-year-old Donchell Thomas, of Montgomery Village, Md., and 20-year-old Derek Price, of District Heights, bleeding on the sidewalk. According to the police report, both victims were unconscious and unresponsive, having been shot in the head.
The third victim in the Sunday morning shooting was a 17-year-old boy who was shot in the right arm. Sources confirm there was a little girl in the car who was unharmed.
“The little girl was pinned underneath the second person—he was in the backseat,” Phillips said.
The gunman ran away, but police later found him. Fleming was charged in front of a judge on Monday afternoon.
“I have never really felt in danger at any time, so it’s a little scary that this happened here,” said D.C. resident Andre Weldy.
Fear gripped the community again just hours later, around 9 p.m. on the 1700 block of Lincoln Road. Police pulled up to screaming, as a crowd of people ran away from the Harry Thomas Recreation Center. Witnesses told police they were playing and watching people play basketball when people started shooting, but they couldn’t see anything. Three men were shot, but all made it out alive in a surge of summer violence that has residents on edge.
“It’s pretty shocking,” Phillips said. “I would not have expected it. I’ve lived here for six years.”
The third Sunday shooting occurred just before 10:45 p.m., when a man was shot and killed along the 3500 block of 6th Street SE. His identity was not immediately released.
Sources tell ABC 7 News the three shootings are not related.