25 July 2006

Edgewood Terrace Shooting - One Teen and One Adult Wounded

From NBC4:
In the midst of a crime emergency, a 14-year-old boy is one of two people shot overnight in northeast Washington.

D.C. police said officers were called to the 600 block of Edgewood Terrace shortly before 12:30 a.m. Officers said a group of people had gathered in the courtyard area of the Edgewood Terrace Apartments when an armed person began shooting.

"There were several people in the courtyard and a subject walked up with at least one weapon, opened fire and struck two individuals," said D.C. police officer Willie Smith. "One juvenile and one adult male was struck and both were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries."

Authorities said the two victims are in stable condition. Police said they have yet to establish a motive for the shootings, which happened just days before an alternative curfew takes effect for anyone under the age of 16.

The new curfew hours are from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. and start July 31, but there are some exemptions.

Teens under 16 will be exempt if they are with a parent, guardian or a person over the age of 21, if they are on an errand for a parent or guardian, if they are attending a school or church event and if they are going to or returning from work.

The alternate curfew expires Aug. 31.

Just two hours earlier, 17-year-old Ronnie Garner died after being shot in the head Monday morning. Two homicides in less than 24 hours; two teens shot in less than 24 hours....Will the curfew really make a difference?

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