one of the shooting scenes, photo by @lindseymastis via Instagram
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Two people are in custody after three people were shot in Southeast, DC on Thursday morning, says DC Mayor Vincent Gray. One of the shootings was in front of Congress Heights School.
The Metropolitan Police Department reports that Alabama Ave SE is closed from Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to 7th Street and DCPS says that King Elementary School is on lockdown.
Parents are coming to the school to pick up their children and some said there there have been problems in the neighborhood with teenagers causing trouble.
The shootings happened at different locations, but were all near Congress Heights Elementary School. DCPS had no information about Congress Heights Elementary School being on lockdown.
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DC police say one shooting occurred in the 500 block of Alabama SE. The second shooting happened in the 3300 block of 4th St SE. The third happened in the 800 block of Wheeler Hill SE.
All three male victims, ranging in age from 16 to 19, were have been transported to area hospitals, according to officials. One has life threatening injuries while the other two have serious injuries, say officials. Two of them were shot in the leg.
A DC police spokesperson says that all three shootings happened around the same time, at 9:33 a.m. The spokesperson says that they appear to be connected due to the proximity and the time. One weapon has been recovered.
DC Mayor Vincent Gray says two people are in custody, but no arrests have been made as of late Thursday afternoon. It is likely the suspects are all in their teens. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says no charges have been filed yet.
We'll have more information as it becomes available.