Three dead in Washington shooting
posted by VSN
Wed, 31 Mar 2010 11:08:32 GMT
A mass drive-by shooting has killed three people and wounded six others in the US capital, US media report.
A gunman was “spraying [bullets] into a crowd” gathered outside an apartment block, The Washington Post quoted Police Chief Cathy Lanier as saying.
The shooting took place late Tuesday in one of Washington DC’s poor southeast neighborhoods.
No motive has been established for the attack.
Spokeswoman for Washington Hospital Center Carolyn Hammond said one victim died at the scene, one was dead on arrival at the hospital, and a third died in the operating room. She added that a fourth victim was in critical condition.
Police have arrested three people in connection with the attack. However, no charges have been filed yet.
Four police officers had been slightly injured in the subsequent car chase into neighboring Prince George’s County.
Washington’s NBC channel reported that an AK47-type weapon was thrown from a fleeing car as police cars, aided by a helicopter, pursued a van from the scene.