- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 3, 2005

Two women were wounded and one man was killed in a triple shooting yesterday afternoon in Southwest, police said.

Cmdr. Thomas McGuire said officers responded at about 2 p.m. to reports of a shooting in the 1200 block of First Street SW, across the street from Bowen Elementary School and a few blocks from where city officials plan to build a new baseball stadium for the Washington Nationals in Southeast.

Crews found the victims suffering from gunshot wounds. The man was pronounced dead at George Washington University Hospital shortly after arriving. The women had injuries described as not life-threatening.

Police feared that the shooter might have barricaded himself in one of the houses on First Street, and several armored vehicles were called to the scene.

At about 4 p.m., a man approached an area where police and reporters had gathered near N Street SW. The man surrendered to police.

“That could very well be a person down the road that gets released with no charges,” said Officer Ken Bryson, a D.C. police spokesman. “A person was taken into custody for questioning, but no one has been charged.”

Police searched a house on First Street after the man’s arrest and closed down surrounding neighborhoods to cut off escape routes. Roads were reopened to traffic at about 5:30 p.m.

Officer Bryson said police were withholding the names of the two women who were wounded because they are witnesses in the investigation. The male victim’s name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Mary Williams, advisory neighborhood commissioner for the area where the shootings took place, said the crime rate had dropped in the neighborhood since it was named one of the city’s “hot spots” and received extra police patrols.

“We have been working diligently with the police to try and stem the violence, and in the last few months, crime has decreased,” Miss Williams said. “This occurred right across from an elementary school … so we’re concerned about the safety of the children and of the residents in that area.”

Students at Bowen Elementary, Amidon Elementary and Jefferson Junior High were kept at school during the investigation.

“Students were sheltered in place so that we could make sure everything was safe for them, and then their parents were asked to pick them up,” schools spokeswoman Leonie Campbell said.

The last students were picked up between 5:30 and 6 p.m., she said.


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