- The Washington Times - Monday, March 25, 2002

Residents said it seemed like the bad old days of gang wars in Southeast on Saturday afternoon as four young men were shot in a drive-by shooting.
Hours earlier, gunshots killed a D.C. man in Capitol Heights in Prince George's County.
The drive-by shootings in the 1100 block of Trenton Place SE were reminiscent of drug-gang wars of the 1990s. On June 12, 2000, Grace Edwards, a grandmother on her morning walk, was killed by gunfire aimed at some men on the sidewalk.
On Saturday afternoon, a small black car with two or three occupants passed by as the four men, in their 20s, were standing on the sidewalk in that same block, police said yesterday.
"I heard the shots. There were three or four," said Cynthia Duckworth, who resides on that street. But, as she later told detectives, she was indoors and could provide no other eyewitness information.
Gunshots have become commonplace and residents are concerned about venturing outdoors. Mrs. Duckworth said, "I pray when I go out in the morning. I pray when I come back at night."
Three of the men shot Saturday were treated for bullet wounds to their legs. The fourth was admitted to a hospital and was reported in serious condition. Police yesterday did not release names of the victims or the hospitals where they were treated.
Seventh District police said no motive or suspects had been established. Anyone with information is asked to call 202/727-9099. A $1,000 reward will be paid for information leading to arrest and conviction.
Prince George's County police also have no known motive or suspects in the shooting of Eric Nathan Etheredge, 28, who lived in the 1300 block of Maple View Place in Southeast Washington. The shooting was reported about noon and police found Mr. Etheredge lying in the 4900 block of Marlboro Pike with multiple gunshot wounds.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Prince George's County Crime Solvers at 301/735-1111 or 800/673-2777.


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