Four people were shot and injured in the District in a 12-hour span, and police said that the culprits in the incidents intended to rob the victims.
The first incident took place about 1 p.m. Tuesday in the 3500 block of 18th Street SE. Two people waiting for an ice cream truck were approached by two men, one of whom was armed and demanded shoes. One of the victims was then shot in the lower back and was taken to a hospital, police spokeswoman Officer Tisha Gant said.
The perpetrators were described as black males who were about 5-feet-6 and 160 pounds. The gunman had a medium complexion and was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.
The second shooting took place at about 4:30 p.m. in the 4400 block of F Street SE. A man was approached by an armed man who brandished a silver handgun and said, "give that [expletive] up." The victim slapped the weapon out of the would-be-robber's hand, but the gun discharged and the victim was shot, Gant said. He was treated at the scene.
The gunman was described as a black male who was about 5-feet-4 and was wearing dark clothing.
In the third incident, two men were shot shortly after midnight outside of a Z-Mart store in the 1800 block of Benning Road NE.
One of the men was walking by the store and witnessed another man being robbed at gunpoint. The bystander then started to run away, and the man being robbed grabbed his assailant. During a struggle, the gun discharged and the bystander and the man being robbed were shot, police said. The victims were both taken to hospitals.
The gunman was described as black, 18 to 25 years old, 5-feet-5 to 5-feet-7 and 140 pounds. He had a dark complexion and was wearing a blue jacket and white pants.
As in the F Street shooting, the gun used by the assailant in the Benning Road incident was silver. But Gant could not say whether any of the incidents are related.