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2 Young Brothers Shot Less Than 3 Months Apart

'Mind-boggling,' says DC police chief
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2019 2:02 AM CDT
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(Newser) – On Valentine's Day, Ebonee Hill's 12-year-old son was injured by gunmen firing indiscriminately as he left a playground in Washington, DC, to buy candy. On Saturday night, she received the horrifying news that her 13-year-old son had also been shot and might be paralyzed from a bullet that lodged near his spine. "I'm just numb right now," Hill tells the Washington Post. "I haven’t gotten over my first son being shot, and now I have to go through this again. He was laughing, playing, joking, riding a bike, running, and now he could be in a wheelchair." Police say that in the Saturday shooting, two gunmen fired at least 13 bullets at a group of adults and children who had been standing outside around 9:30pm.

Police do not believe the shootings of the two brothers are related. Hill says her younger son has made a full physical recovery and has returned to school, but is still afraid to play outside. The DC Housing Authority says it approved a request for relocation the mother made after the February shooting, but it has been unable to find a suitable apartment for the family. The 13-year-old was one of two juveniles injured in a spate of shootings Saturday night that also left one adult dead and another wounded, WTOP reports. DC Police Chief Peter Newsham described the shootings of the brothers as "mind-boggling." "I think it says there are people in this community that will fire a weapon with no regard to where the bullet goes," he told reporters Monday. "They just don't care." (Read more Washington, DC stories.)

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