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Apr 22, 2014|
Two men were shot and injured Monday afternoon at a site of an annual Easter event on Connecticut Avenue in Northwest Washington near the National Zoo.
Neither man was thought to be seriously wounded, The Washington Post reports.
The gunfire broke out about 5:15 p.m. within a group of 30 to 50 people, who had been walking on Connecticut, said Cmdr. Michael Reese, head of the 2nd Police District. But, he said, it was not clear who fired.
Police said no motive was known in the shootings.
One of the men, struck in the hand, may have wounded himself by accident, according to a report. But police had “nothing to confirm or disprove it,” according to the Post, quoting Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham.
The shooting took place despite a heavy police presence near the zoo, which has been hosting annual Easter Monday activities for years, the report said.
According to the Post, the annual event has been followed by violence at or near the zoo on at least two previous occasions. “In 2000, seven people were shot at an entrance to the zoo. Three years ago, a teenager was stabbed in a fight at the zoo,” the newspaper noted.