- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Three men were arrested and charged in connection with a shooting in the U Street corridor early Saturday morning.

Two women were shot, each in a leg, after arguments between groups of men in the 2000 block of 11th Street at 2:45 a.m. Saturday, police said. Officers on a routine patrol heard the shots and responded.

According to charging documents, the men walked from the direction of the shots and got into a Mercedes-Benz. An officer attempted to stop the car, but the car sped up and drove away.

The men attempted to drive away quickly, but were trapped in traffic a few blocks later, allowing the officers to remove the men from the car, police said.

A live round of .380 caliber ammunition was recovered from the car, according to documents. A witness told an officer that he saw a gun being thrown out the window of the car. Later, a 380-caliber semi-automatic handgun was recovered. A casing of the same caliber was found in the area of the shooting, according to documents.

Delonte Butler, 22, Malcolm Fonville, 21, and Kyree Lathern, 23, were arrested and charged on Saturday with presence in a motor vehicle with a firearm. They were all released until their preliminary hearing on August 21, according to court records.

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