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DC on the verge of 200 homicides in 2021 after fatal shooting in Southeast

MPD says the current number of homicides in DC for 2021 is at 199, surpassing last year's homicide tally of 198.

WASHINGTON — Editor's Note: The above video states that the total homicides for last year was 176. The correction should be 198 for 2020. The year to date for homicides is 176.

An early morning fatal shooting in Southeast D.C. has set the District on the verge of recording 200 homicides for 2021. 

D.C. Police said they received a report of the sound of gunshots from Shotspotter in the 4300 block of Wheeler Road., near the border of D.C. and Prince George's County, around 2:01 a.m.  

A Prince George's County Police Department officer patrolling the area spotted a victim lying on the ground from across the street. That officer crossed into D.C. and found the man suffering from two gunshot wounds to the abdomen. Another bullet hit the victim in the shoulder. 

MPD officers from the 7th District and medics responded to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Police said they are looking for a suspect wearing a white hoodie and dark pants.

MPD's Crime at a Glance data as of Nov. 16 shows D.C. sitting at 199 homicides so far this year. Since those stats were posted, MPD has responded to 3 additional homicides.

Yesterday morning, MPD officers were called to the 1800 block of 14th Street Southeast for a double shooting.

Police said one of the victims died. A few hours later, police said a road rage incident led to a fatal shooting on Benning Road in northeast D.C. Two children were left in a vehicle when the suspect fled the scene, police said. The fatal shooting on Wheeler Road brought the District to a total of 199 homicides for 2021, surpassing last year's homicide tally of 198.  

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