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Possible 'road rage' shooting leaves one dead, one injured in Southwest D.C.

D.C. police on scene at I-295. (WJLA photo)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) – One man is dead and another is injured after what police are calling a possible “road rage” shooting on Interstate 295 in Southwest D.C. Thursday morning.

The shooting occurred between 8:45 a.m. and 8:55 a.m. near the Naval Research Lab on I-295 by Laboratory Road.

Police found two men in a car that was stopped on I-295 northbound suffering from gunshot wounds. Sources confirmed to ABC7 that one of the victims, 50-year-old Pedro Melendez Alvarado of Alexandria, died from his injuries. The other was transported to a local hospital. The man's condition is unknown.

“We have what appears to be a road rage incident between two cars,” Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier told ABC7. “One car is a black SUV with Virginia tags … both of the occupants of that vehicle have been shot. We believe there’s another vehicle that was involved.”

Police are urging anyone who called 911 or who witnessed the shooting or a confrontation on the highway Thursday morning to call back at 202-727-9099 with any information.

All lanes and ramps on I-295 northbound were closed between the D.C./Maryland line and the Blue Plains exit for several hours and reopened just before 1 p.m.

In a separate incident, D.C. police were involved a shooting that began near Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast. Lanier said that incident is connected to a series of robberies. Sources tell 7 On Your Side Fighting Back Against Crime Reporter Jennifer Donelan that for reasons unknown, a D.C. officer had to shoot at a vehicle with four men inside. The car then fled the scene and a pursuit began from the District into Prince George’s County.

All of the men bailed out of the car during the chase, but D.C. and Prince George’s County officers were able to apprehend at least three of the suspects. Sources say a gun was recovered from the car.

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