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D.C. Police: 2 dead after 5 shootings in 4 hours

5 shootings reported in D.C. in 4 hours Monday, including 3 in less than 30 minutes (ABC7)

Five separate shootings were reported by D.C. Police over the course of four hours in the District. Police said that four of the shootings took place in Southeast and one of the shootings took place in Northwest.

Two were homicides, including one in which neighbors say a woman arriving home with grocery bags was gunned down by a man leaning out the passenger side window of a passing car.

The first shooting of the afternoon was reported just before 1 p.m. at 4815 Texas Ave. in Southeast. After a man was found shot in Southeast, nearby Plummer Elementary School was placed on lockdown. Police say the man was semi-conscious and breathing and the lockdown was later lifted.

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The second shooting was reported near the Georgia Ave. Metro station in Petworth. A man in his 50's was shot, suffered a "graze wound"and was taken to the hospital. Police say this victim is in stable condition.

Police report the third, fourth and fifth shootings all occurred within less than 30 minutes in Southeast.

Authorities say a man was shot at 3:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of 22nd St. Police said the man was conscious and breathing after being shot. Police say the man's injuries are minor.

Another man was shot at 3:30 p.m. in 2000 block of Fairlawn Ave. and was also reported conscious and breathing. Police also say this man's injuries are minor.

The fifth shooting, which occurred at 3:51 p.m. outside a home on the corner of 49th and B streets, left a woman lying dead just feet from her front porch. Her grocery bags were lying at her feet. Police say a small red Honda may have been seen fleeing the scene.

At a Monday night press conference, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said police believe the two shootings that resulted in homicides are "potentially connected." They occurred within about a half mile of each other, and some residents near the second homicide strongly believed it was in retaliation of the first.

D.C.'s Mayor Muriel Bowser also spoke at the press conference.

"We are just horrified by what we saw today," Bowser said. "It's a level of violence that's not acceptable in our city. And we are going to put every single resource - police and otherwise - to get rid of this violence."

After the shootings, D.C. Police put out a statement on Twitter:



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