Violent night: 2 dead, 7 wounded in 2 DC shootings

columbia heights shooting sidewalk with police tape
The morning after a shooting in Columbia Heights, there is still blood on the sidewalk. One person died and five were wounded. As a mother and child came out of the building on the right Friday morning, the child asked what happened. The mother told him, “Nothing.” (WTOP/John Domen)
police car in front of complex in Columbia Heights where a shooting occurred
One person is dead and five others wounded after a Columbia Heights shooting Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. This photo was taken the morning after. (WTOP/John Domen)
police car in Columbia Heights
A D.C. police car sits outside of a Columbia Heights complex where six people were shot. One died. (WTOP/John Domen)
columbia heights shooting sidewalk with police tape
police car in front of complex in Columbia Heights where a shooting occurred
police car in Columbia Heights

One man was killed and five other people were wounded in a shooting at an apartment courtyard in D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood Thursday night.

D.C. police said the suspects in the shooting are two men armed with “AK style rifles” last seen in a light-colored Nissan sedan and said it’s possible the shooting was a drive-by.

The gunfire, about a block away from the Columbia Heights Metro station, was the first of two separate deadly shootings in the District that left a total of nine people shot Thursday.

The first shooting, according to police, was reported just after 10 p.m. at an apartment complex on Columbia Road near 13th Street.

One man died at the scene, Stuart Emerman, commander of the D.C. police department’s Third District, told reporters during a news conference Thursday night. Five others — four men and a woman — were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds.

At least one of those wounded had “critical” injuries, Emerman said.

Responding to a reporter’s question about neighbors hearing “rapid gunfire,” the commander said investigators had recovered several shell casings from the apartment courtyard.

At the time of the commander’s news conference, police did not have a description of the suspects. But shortly afterward, D.C. police issued a lookout for the two men and said they were last seen in the rear of the apartment building.

Brianne Nadeau, the D.C. Council member who represents Columbia Heights, issued a statement saying, “It is beyond time to stop the epidemic of gun violence in this country, and I will not stand by while the residents of Columbia Heights are again visited by the horrible spectre of violence.”

The second shooting Thursday night happened across town in Northeast D.C.

Police were called to 1300 Brentwood Road near Rhode Island Avenue Northeast at about 10:22 p.m. for the report of shooting. Two men and a woman were taken to the hospital, and one of the men later died, D.C. police said.

Police said there is no indication the two shootings are related, but they are still investigating.

WTOP’s Zeke Hartner, Colleen Kelleher and John Domen contributed to this report. 

Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at, part of Government Executive Media Group.

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