- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 21, 2007

Police yesterday were investigating a rash of late-night shootings which injured 11 persons — including eight teenagers — within a two-hour period.

Six shootings in Northeast and Southeast occurred between 10:45 p.m. Thursday and 1 a.m. yesterday, said 6th District Cmdr. Robert Contee.

The shootings began at around 10:45 p.m. in the 4400 block of Ponds Street Northeast, when two men were shot in the leg, police said.

At 11:11 p.m. another man was shot in the back in the 600 block of Raleigh Place Southeast. At about 11:28 p.m., two men were shot in the 2700 block of Robinson Place.

Minutes later, a man was shot in the 3600 block of Jay Street Northeast, about a mile away from the first incident.

At around 12:20 p.m., four men were shot in 1200 block of Eaton Road Southeast. About 30 minutes later, a man was shot twice in the arm in the 3500 block of Seventh Street.

Of the 11 victims, eight were teenagers, police said. None of the victims’ names have been released, but all are expected to recover.

All of the shootings occurred in the police department’s 6th and 7th districts. In response to the shootings, officers in those districts will extend the evening shift by three hours through the weekend.

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier also ordered additional personnel from the department’s Special Operations Division to assist the two districts.

Cmdr. Contee said police are speaking with the victims and asking for the public’s assistance while they aggressively seek persons with outstanding warrants.

He said police do not think the shootings are related, but it is too early to say.

Despite the violence, police say Chief Lanier’s summer crime initiative is working.

“It’s having an impact on the city,” Cmdr. Contee said. Assaults with deadly weapons “are down all over the city,” he said.

Preliminary police statistics show that since Chief Lanier launched the initiative June 8, overall crime is down 12 percent in the District. Robberies are down 12 percent from last year and assaults with a deadly weapon have decreased by 28 percent.

Cmdr. Contee said the entire department will work eight-hour shifts this weekend as part of the initiative.

During the initiative’s first weekend, which cost the department about $1.3 million in overtime, 650 arrests were made, more than double that of the previous five weekends.

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