- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 1, 2010

Three men were arrested Wednesday in connection with Tuesday’s drive-by shooting in Washington where four people were killed and five others wounded.

The U.S. attorney’s office identified the men as Orlando Carter, 20; Nathaniel Simms, 26; and a juvenile. More arrests are expected.

The shooting began about 7 p.m. Tuesday outside an apartment building in a hardscrabble section of the city’s Southeast quadrant roughly five miles south of Capitol Hill.

Witnesses said a gunman in a sedan sprayed bullets into a crowd at the intersection of South Capitol and Brandywine streets SE, then led nearby police on a chase that crossed into Maryland before ending in a crash.

The victims reportedly are six males and three females and were part of group that had just returned from a funeral for another recent shooting victim, Jordan Howe, who was killed March 22.

Sanquan Carter, 19, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with that shooting, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Sources say Sanquan and Orlando Carter are brothers and the Tuesday shooting was connected to Howe’s killing.

Two of the victims from Tuesday night remained in critical condition yesterday.

Sources say the incident is part of a dispute between rival “crews,” a term city officials use to describe groups they say are more loosely organized than gangs.

Four police officers reportedly were slightly injured in the chase that ended in the crash.

Police said the shooting, in the Washington Highlands neighborhood, was among the worst in D.C. history but followed one the city’s least-violent years. The city, once known as the country’s murder capital, recorded 143 homicides last year, the fewest since 1966.

The last time such an attack occurred in the city was in 1994, when one person was killed and nine others were wounded at a market on O Street Northwest.

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson, at-large Democrat, said the area was known for drugs and related violence.

“It’s not a stranger to violent activity, unfortunately,” said Mr. Mendelson, the chairman of the D.C. Council’s Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.