Drive-by shooting in NoMa has D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells worried about retaliation

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Twelve of the victims who went to hospitals after Monday's drive-by shooting in the District have been released, while a 13th victim remained in critical but stable condition Tuesday, D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said.

The victims sustained wounds when shots were fired into a crowd outside Tyler House, a low-income apartment complex about two blocks from the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro station.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Monday that most of the gunshot wounds were to victims' legs, feet and hands, but one person was shot in the back. Some of the victims had been taken to hospitals by ambulance, and some went to hospitals on their own, Crump said Tuesday.

Police released surveillance video Monday of two vehicles of interest, at least one of which had occupants who fired into the group. But police released little new information Tuesday and have not publicly disclosed a motive for the attacks.

Ward 6 D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells

tweeted Tuesday evening that he met with the victims' parents, who said their children had been at a nearby nightclub before the shooting.

Outside Tyler House earlier in the day, Wells questioned whether nightclubs belonged in the area.

"It's no longer an industrial area," he said. "I'm definitely going to do my best to remove the nightclubs from the area."

Wells also said he is "very concerned about retaliation" after the shooting.

"It's very hard to prevent a drive-by shooting," he said, adding that it's "impressive how little is known" about Monday's attack.

Nonetheless, Wellssaid police are moving as aggressively as possible and executing search warrants on more than one vehicle.

Venus Little, president of the Tyler House Tenant Council, said she didn't take issue with the clubs themselves. "It's just the people" who are the problem, she said.

She said she hoped more efforts would be made to combat loitering in the area.

Lonnie Duren, a community leader, worried that the closing of a nearbyBoys Club would further set the community back.

He said we need to "find a way so that club can't close its doors."

Wells said he would help find funds for the club.

"We do not need to have young people gathering on these corners," Wells said.

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