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Washington crowd sprayed with bullets had been to funeral


A crowd sprayed with bullets in a drive-by that killed four and wounded five had just returned from the funeral of man slain nearby and a 20-year-old is suspected in both shootings, said authorities trying to prevent retaliation on Wednesday.

Two men and a 14-year-old boy accused of driving the minivan from which the bullets were fired were charged with first-­degree murder in Tuesday night’s shooting, the worst in DC in at least 16 years.

One other person who was in the van was not caught, court documents said.

One of the suspects, Orlando Carter, has also been charged with second-degree murder in the March 22 death of Jordan Howe, whose funeral was earlier that day. On March 23, Carter was shot in the head and shoulder hours after his brother was charged in Howe’s death, court documents said.

Assistant Police Chief Peter Newshan said at a news conference that by finding out if there are beefs between two neighborhood groups he called crews, police hope to stop paybacks. Crews are more loosely affiliated than gangs, he said.

The building’s owner, William Cheek, said he had just walked across the street to buy a lottery ticket when he heard gunshots about 7:30pm and saw many in the group on the ground. His grandson was among the victims.

“I saw him breathe his last breath,” Cheek said, a tear running down his face. “He was shot in the head.”

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