May 2, 2010

Bethesda robbery attempt part of violence, including 8 shot

Eight people were shot, two fatally, in an outbreak of violence across the District and its Maryland suburbs late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, police said. D.C. recorded four separate shootings with a total of six victims, including a 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed. He was identified as Dezmine Perkins of the 500 block of Edgewood Street NE. A D.C. police spokeswoman said that investigators do not believe any of the shootings are connected.

Prince George's County also had a homicide outside a Popeye's restaurant in Upper Marlboro, and Montgomery County had a non-fatal shooting as part of a robbery attempt in Bethesda, authorities said. The violence in D.C. began about 10:30 p.m. in the 4700 block of Jay Street NE, authorities said. A man sleeping in a car in the area called police to report he had been awakened by the sound of gunfire, then realized he himself had been shot, said Gwendolyn Crump, a police spokeswoman. The man's injuries are not thought to be life threatening, and police are still looking for suspects, she said. It is unclear what sparked the shooting, she said.

About a half hour later, police were again called to Northeast for the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy in the 500 block of Edgewood Street, Crump said. She said police have no suspects or motive in the case. Just before 1 a.m., D.C. police responded to two more shootings. Three people, two men and a female teenager, were shot while walking in the 600 block of Southern Avenue SE, and another man was shot while walking in the 500 block of 51st Street NE. Crump said she did not have information on suspects or motives in either case, and she did not know the condition of the victims. The man shot in northeast, she said, reported a story similar to that of the man in the car: he heard gunfire, then realized he himself had been shot, she said. SOURCE: Washington Post

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