WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - This Fourth of July has kept DC Police detectives busy investigating two separate shootings in Northwest, and both incidents have proven deadly.
The violent night started when four males were shot Wednesday evening in the unit block of Gallatin St. NW., according to police. Police say the shooting took place behind a shopping center when a group walking by opened fire.
Two adults and two are teenagers under age 18 were injured, according to a police spokesperson. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said that two sustained minor injuries and two were considered to be serious. All four were taken to the hospital where one of the adult victims later died.
Police say there is no motive and no suspect information available at this time, but several persons have been questioned and police are hoping witnesses will come forward with details.
The gun violence in Northwest continued into the early morning hours of July 5th when two more men were shot near an apartment building in the back of the 600 block of Morton Street. Police say that officers investigating a report of gunshots in the area, found the two victims. One victim was shot in the face. He has non-life threatening injuries and is considered in "stable condition" at the hospital, says a police spokesperson.
The second man suffered a fatal gun shot wound to the back. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police have now identified him as 35-year-old Julius Barnett Ellington of Northwest, D.C. There is a reward of up to $25,000 for anyone who gives information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot Ellington.
At this time there is no information on possible suspects or motive in the shooting. Right now there is no evidence available that would indicate these two multiple shootings were related. However, the possibility would be investigated as standard operating procedure, say police.
If you have any information please call police at 202-727-9099 or send a text message to 50411.