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Argument between two 9-year-olds leads to shooting in Southeast, police say

D.C. Police say the man shot is in critical condition. A 9-year-old was grazed by a bullet in the shooting, he is expected to be okay.

WASHINGTON — Police are investigating after a man was shot and a child was grazed by a bullet in Southeast D.C. Tuesday afternoon.

According to a tweet from D.C. Police, the shooting happened in the 1500 block of Morris Road just after 4:45 p.m. 

D.C. Police say the man who was shot is in critical condition. A 9-year-old was grazed by a bullet in the shooting, he is expected to be okay. 

Officers are asking the public to look out for two Black teens, believed to be around 15 to 16 years old, wearing black hoodies and blue jeans. Police say the suspects were last seen running towards Hunter Place.

In a press conference Tuesday, police said the shooting happened after two nine-year-olds got into an argument. It is unclear how the suspects police are looking for are connected to either nine-year-old or the man in critical condition.

"This is unacceptable. It's really outrageous," said Assistant Chief Andre Wright at the press conference. "I can't think of any topic where two nine-year-olds have a disagreement and a gun would be introduced by anyone."

Police believe the man who is in critical condition was targeted in this shooting. 

"We believe that the shooting is connected to the dispute between the male and female nine-year-olds," said Wright. "We believe that the adult who was shot was shot very specific to this altercation. So we do believe that this is a targeted shooting."

If you see either of the suspects, do not take action and call 9-1-1 or (202) 727-9099 immediately. 

This shooting comes less than 12 hours after five people, including a 13-year-old, were shot in Southeast. All victims in that shooting are expected to survive, according to police. Police say the two shootings are not connected.


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Police are on the lookout for a man in a black hoodie, wearing gray sneakers and blue jeans.

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