Police hunt gunman after two people dead in Washington DC shooting

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Two people have been killed and five injured in a shooting in the US capital on Sunday morning.Police were looking for a single gunman after the seven people were shot around 3 a.m. in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington D.C.

The five injured were taken to local hospitals, said Jeffrey Carroll, the executive assistant chief of the Metropolitan Police Department. All of the victims are adults, he said.Police did not immediately provide details of the circumstances surrounding the shooting or the conditions of those injured.

The District of Columbia is struggling with a sharp increase in violent crime, which went up 39% in 2023.

The scene of a shooting in Washington DC (Getty Images)
The scene of a shooting in Washington DC (Getty Images)

The increase was largely fueled by a 35% rise in homicides and growth in carjackings, which nearly doubled.

Police Chief Pamela Smith has pushed lawmakers to pass legislation to strengthen penalties for gun offences in the nation's capital.

The weekend also saw fatal shootings in Indianapolis and Philadelphia.

The man suspected of the Philadelphia shooting was arrested in New Jersey after evading law enforcement for hours as police mobilized across two states, shutting down a parade and an amusement park and ordering some residents to stay in their homes.The suspect was identified earlier as 26-year-old Andre Gordon Jr. Authorities said they believe he killed his stepmother, his teenage sister and the mother of his children in shootings at two homes in eastern Pennsylvania's Falls Township in the morning, Bucks County District Attorney Jennifer Schorn said.

His children's grandmother was injured when she was bludgeoned with a rifle.

Police in Indianapolis arrested a suspect in connection with an early morning shooting at a bar that killed one person and injured five others Saturday, police said.Nicholas Fulk, 25, was arrested on a preliminary charge of murder hours after the shooting at around 1:30 a.m., police said.