The Blotter for June 7

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Fire officials investigate cause of Frager's blaze

Two firefighters injured in the four-alarm fire that destroyed Frager's Hardware on Capitol Hill have been released.

D.C. Assistant Fire Chief Brian Lee said the cause won't be determined for days or weeks because of the intensity of the blaze. The amount of damage at the store at 11th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE won't be determined for several days, he said.

Lee did not know how the firefighters were hurt, but he said the injuries were minor and the two were released overnight after the Wednesday evening blaze.

Frager's officials have promised to rebuild, and Mayor Vincent Gray said the city would help.

Bloody night in D.C.

Two men were killed in separate shootings during a violent night in the District, officials said.

One of the men -- 26-year-old Andre Wilson, of Northwest D.C. -- died after a double-shooting in the Sursum Corda area. He was found with gunshot wounds at about 3:50 a.m. Thursday on the 1100 block of First Place NW and was pronounced dead at a hospital. A second victim was found nearby with a gunshot wound to the foot and was treated at a hospital and released, D.C. police spokeswoman Saray Leon said.

No suspect information was available in that shooting.

A few hours earlier, at about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, another man was fatally shot on the 1600 block of 21st Place SE, near the D.C.-Maryland border. That man -- 33-year-old Rodney Ellis Gardner, of Northeast D.C. -- was found with multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at a hospital, Leon said.

In addition to the shootings, there was a stabbing at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on the 200 block of N Street NW, not far from where the double-shooting took place.

-- Scott McCabe and Naomi Jagoda

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Scott McCabe

Staff Writer - Crime
The Washington Examiner
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Naomi Jagoda

Staff reporter
The Washington Examiner