Two Dead, One Injured in Columbia Heights Shooting

Two people were killed and one was injured in a shooting in Columbia Heights just before 6 a.m. Saturday.

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NBC Washington reports that the victims are all adult men in their twenties and thirties and appeared to all be from the area.

Councilman Jim Graham sent the following information to the Columbia Heights listserve:

Dear Friends,

Sadly, I must inform you that, just before 6 AM this morning, three people were shot in the 1400 block of Parkwood Place. Two were shot in the head and are dead. A third victim is in critical condition. The ages and identities of the victims have not been determined, but preliminary reports are that they may have been adults. More will be known soon.

A weapon was recovered from the victim who went to the hospital.

Two Black males were seen running from the area on foot. But no suspects at this time.

Motives unclear, although there is a suggestion that they may have been gambling on the scene.

More information to be provided as it becomes available.

Councilmember Jim Graham

Capital Alert issued a warning after the incident.

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The lookout information was for two black males, one with dreads, a black t-shirt and black shorts and the other only described as wearing shorts.

WTOP and NBC Washington report that surveillance cameras are located on Parkwood Place and one is equipped with a microphone.

WTOP reporter Max Smith said on Twitter that MPD Chief Cathy Lanier was at the crime scene at about 8:30 this morning.

He tweeted this photo from there at about 9 a.m.

From WTOP's Max Smith on Twitter, a view of Saturday morning's crime scene in Columbia Heights

A full report from WTOP is here.

In a message on the MPD Third District listserve, authorities asked anyone with information about the shooting to contact them at (202) 727-9099.

Update: NBC Washington has an interview with Chief Lanier:

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