9 Shot, 3 Killed in DC Drive-By

3 busted, motive unknown
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2010 1:41 AM CDT
Updated Mar 31, 2010 5:43 AM CDT
The shooting occurred on South Capitol Street in southeastern Washington, DC.   (?randomduck)

(Newser) – Three people were killed and at least six others injured when a gunman sprayed bullets into a crowd from a car in the nation's capital last night. DC police arrested three people after a chase that left four officers injured, the Washington Post reports. No motive has been established for the shooting, although police sources say it may be connected to two killings in southern DC earlier this month.

The victims were clustered in front of an apartment building and witnesses compared the outbreak of gunfire to a war zone. "All I saw was bodies dropping," said one local resident. "It was like Vietnam." Police sources believe an AK-47 was used. The incident has claimed the largest number of victims of any shooting in the capital in at least 15 years. A tenth gunshot victim was found a few blocks away, but police aren't sure if he was shot by the same assailants.

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