- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 4, 2005

One man was killed and three others wounded yesterday during morning rush hour in a Northeast neighborhood.

Police said the incident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. when a masked gunman pulled up to a panel truck in the 5700 block of Sixth Street Northeast and fired 12 to 15 rounds with an assault rifle. Three persons were in the truck’s cab and two inside the rear compartment.

Cmdr. Hilton Burton of the Metropolitan Police Department said the shootings followed “some type of altercation” and that no motive has been established.

“What kind of animal would do something like that?” Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey said on WTOP Radio, just hours after the shooting. “Think about it. Open up with an AK-47 in broad daylight. You don’t care who you hit. You kill one person. You might have killed several others. There’s a school nearby. … The only solution is finding them and locking them up for the rest of their lives.”

He also said the incident looked like “a setup of some kind.”

As the truck driver sped away to find help, the dead man rolled out of the vehicle and onto the pavement in the 400 block of Madison Street Northeast.

Police were called later to Riggs and Chillum roads Northeast, where they found two 17-year-old boys and a 48-year-old man with gunshot wounds to their bodies. They were taken to hospitals, and two were in critical condition, police said.

Police questioned the fifth man in the truck, who was not hurt. The names of the victims had not been released as of early last night.

The assailant fled in a gray or silver vehicle and remained at large, Cmdr. Burton said.

The incident occurred in a normally quiet urban neighborhood of two-story brick homes and manicured lawns. Lasalle Elementary School is adjacent to the crime scene, but the school was closed for the summer and no children were present.

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