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Shooting kills one man, wounds another in Southeast DC

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By Jenny Goldsberry

A gunman shot two men early Monday morning on Burbank Street in Washington, D.C.. One man died of his wounds at the scene. The other is receiving treatment.

This is the latest of a string of shootings at the nation’s capital. Earlier this month, a drive-by shooter wounded five people and killed a six-year-old girl on a scooter. Then, attendees of a Nationals baseball game the very next day heard gun shots outside the stadium during the sixth inning. That shooting killed three people and officials postponed the game. Next, only a couple days afterward, a gunman shot two men on 14th street. Both survived their wounds, but the sound spurred pandemonium on the street.

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After the Monday morning shooting, DC Police tweeted that they are investigating two additional, unrelated shootings that happened the same day. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted Friday that she has “head the calls from residents in our communities most impacted by gun violence: They want to see a strong, sustained police presence.” Bowser directed the police department to use “any overtime necessary,” but admitted that it’s not a permanent solution.

In response, the DC Police Union praised Bowser for “setting the right tone.” They supported her in discouraging too much police overtime. Instead of burning out their current police force, they “The use of overtime is not an ideal solution and a better solution would be to fully staff their police force,” Bowser said in a statement.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Kyle Rittenhouse Found ‘Not Guilty’ On All Counts

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After three and a half days of deliberation, the jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on all counts. “Jurors in the polarizing case said they had voted to acquit Rittenhouse, 18, of homicide, attempted homicide and other charges related to the August 2020 shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin” reports The Washington Post.

Rittenhouse testified during the trial during which he  became so emotional he was unable to speak in between sobs as he attempted to describe the shootings. The judge called a brief recess for Rittenhouse to regain composure.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Rittenhouse said on the stand. “I defended myself.”

National Review reports “As the verdict was announced, Rittenhouse, overwhelmed with emotion, burst into tears and dropped to the ground, struggling to breathe. After collecting himself, he embraced the defense counsel who represented him throughout the trial.”

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, who was 26 at the time. Rittenhouse testified that he fired in self-defense and pleaded not guilty to all counts.

National Review reports:

“Rittenhouse was arrested on August 26, 2020, after shooting three people during the riots that followed the police killing of Jacob Blake, a black man who was brandishing a knife and in the process of violating a restraining order when police arrived on scene.

He was initially indicted on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional reckless homicide, failure to comply with an emergency order from a local government, and possession of a dangerous weapon.”

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