One Dead After Three Shot, Three Stabbed

8:08 PM, Nov 27, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A Maryland man is dead and five others injured after an unusual outburst of violence in Dupont Circle.

What began as a fight inside Heritage India restaurant and lounge spilled onto Connecticut Avenue.

The sidewalk in front of Heritage India was awash with the blood of three stabbing victims. Across the street, on the West side of Connecticut Avenue, three men were shot. One of them died.

"I can't believe it. I can't believe this," said Tauchious Owens, the shocked neighbor of 34 year-old Jhonte Coleman of Springdale, Maryland. Coleman was a security guard at the Washington Convention Center, and the father of a little girl. A young man who lost his own father in a tragic car crash just last year.

"I've known him since he was a little boy. Cause he went to college. And then he stopped going to college because his father got killed. And he got a job," said Owens.

"He was a good young man. Come home, do the right thing. Something like this happen, all out of the blue," said Jerome Sellers, another stunned neighbor.

Coleman was inside Heritage India, a Dupont Circle restaurant and after-hours nightclub, when a fight broke out and spilled onto the street. Police were called around 2:30 in the morning.

"Upon their arrival, they located three shooting victims in the street, in the 13-hundred block of Connecticut Avenue, and they also located two stabbing victims, one of which was inside the establishment," said Lt. Robert Alder, of the Metropolitan Police Department.

A third stabbing victim had driven himself to a local hospital. All six of the victims were inside the club when the violence erupted. All were men, from Maryland.

Police are still trying to determine what started the violence and who committed it. Investigators are reviewing a lot of surveillance video from outside and inside the club, as well as at neighboring businesses.

The other two men who were shot have been treated and released from the hospital. One of the three stabbing victims is listed in serious condition.

Written by Andrea McCarren



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