WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - A member of the D.C. Council says if the police department can't assign more officers to the U Street corridor, then private businesses should start hiring off-duty cops to do the job. That comes after four women were hit by stray bullets in the U Street corridor in a week's time -- most recently near Eleventh Street.

The District's historic U street has become a major tourist and entertainment attraction. Early Saturday morning, two women suffered non life threatening injuries when they were shot near 12th and U--innocent victims hit by somebody's stray bullets:

A week ago Saturday at 11th and U --two groups of men were arguing--gunshots erupted and two more women were hit--both of them in the legs--

They'll recover--three men were arrested after a gun was thrown from a car.

D.C. Councilman Jim Graham says if police won't assign more officers to U Street, then private businesses should hire their own off duty D.C. Police. There is city money that would pay for half the cost to bars and nightclubs.

The owner of a 7-11 store at 12th and U says she can't afford to hire off duty D.C. police because she can't get the same subsidy offered to bars and restaurants:

Six years ago, in February 2006, Damon Ward, a local architect was hit by a stray bullet and killed as he stepped out of a U street nightclub.
He was hit by a bullet that came from a group of people who had

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