- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 8, 2012

Three men died of shootings or stabbings this weekend, during one of the most violent 48 hours of the year, D.C. police said.

MPD spokesman Paul Metcalf said that between Saturday and Sunday, six adult men were shot or stabbed. Two died from gunshot wounds and one was stabbed to death.

At about 9:50 p.m. on Saturday, police found two men suffering from stab wounds in the 5300 block of Ames Street Northeast. Both were taken to a hospital, but only one survived. The man who died was identified as 20-year-old Charles Anthony Scott Jr., of Northeast.

Officer Metcalf said he was unsure whether the two men had been fighting each other, or if a third party was involved in the stabbing.

About an hour later near the 1700 block of 7th Street Northwest, two men were shot. When officers and emergency personnel arrived, they found Northwest resident Michael Edward Jones, 30, unresponsive and another shooting victim several blocks away near the intersection of 7th Street and Rhode Island Avenue. He was treated at a hospital and released.

At about 12:04 a.m. Sunday morning, police responded to reports of gunshots in the 1700 block of Galen Street Southeast. Similar to the shooting the night before, 22-year-old Davon Brown of Southeast, was found unresponsive, while another man was found nearby with a gunshot wound. He survived his injuries, police said.

According to MPD preliminary crime data, as of July 6 there were 45 homicides compared to the 57 reported this time last year.

In May, five people were shot and five people were stabbed over a weekend in the District, but only one of the stabbings proved fatal.

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