Georgetown Shooting On Halloween; 5 Others Shot

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Video: Georgetown Shooting On Halloween; 5 Others Shot In DC

Video: Halloween Violence In DC Injures Six, One Critically

Scene of the shooting in Georgetown, Halloween night.

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Six people were injured in five separate shootings in the District Halloween night, including a boy who was shot in the head in Georgetown.

DC Police were first called to the 100 block of M Street in Northeast around 8:39 Monday night for a report of a shooting. Officers arriving on scene found a juvenile male had been grazed in the head by a bullet.

About a half-hour later, officers responded to the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Decatur Street in Northwest for a double shooting. DC Police say a boy was shot in the knee and a woman suffered a gun shot wound to the thigh. Both victims were taken to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Shortly after 10:00 p.m. police were notified of a third shooting, this time an 18-year-old woman was shot in the ankle in the 800 block of Crittenden Street Northwest. Detectives believe both the Decatur Street and the Crittenden Street shootings may be connected.

The most serious injury of the night occurred in the 2800 block of M Street Northwest where police found a teenage boy shot in the head around 10:49 p.m. He was transported to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Franklin Ramirez was in his father's Mexican restaurant when he heard gunfire.

Ramirez, "I heard three gunshots, everyone was running and when I got to the window I saw him lying on the ground.  Everyone was screaming and trying to call 9-1-1.  It's so sad."

Police say the victim may not have known the person who shot him but may have exchanged words with the gunman.

Detectives returned to Ramirez's restaurant Tuesday morning looking for bullet holes and rounds that may have landed inside the restaurant.  They found at least one bullet hole.

Police had 28th and M Streets blocked off during the morning rush hour on Tuesday causing lots of gridlock.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier says an adult male has been arrested and a gun recovered. He has not been charged with the 17-year-old's shooting.

The overnight violence was capped off when a man shot in the foot in the 1300 block of Southern Avenue Southeast.

So far there is no information available on possible suspects or motive in the other overnight shootings.

Police Chief Lanier says that the shootings probably didn't have anything to do with Halloween. "October is always one of our more challenging months," she said at a press conference called by DC Mayor Vincent Gray on Tuesday. "When the weather changes and the coats and the jackets and the baggy clothing, bulky clothing starts to come on, it's easier to conceal a handgun. Having a handgun available to you if an argument occurs is always a recipe for disaster."

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