Young People Shot In DC, Neighbors Say It's Nothing New

6:26 PM, Jun 17, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9)-- A 17-year-old female is wounded in both legs and her chest. A 20-year-old male is shot in the same incident in the face. Both were victims of several overnight shootings in DC

The two victims mentioned above will live; but in canvassing the area around Benning Road and G Street in Southeast, we couldn't find a single person who had heard about the shootings or seemed alarmed at the news that two young people had been nearly killed.

"It happens a lot around here," said one young woman who insisted we not reveal her name.

Same for an older female who explained, "My son was killed-shot with a sawed off shot gun."

They both live in the Benning Gardens apartments, a four-building complex located at the corner of Benning and G SE, within several feet of the early morning shootings.

Residents complained about the teenagers who hang around with nothing to do but "smoke." They said they could use a playground for the children, regular trash pickup, and maybe a maintenance crew to make some much needed repairs.

Everyone wanted to live somewhere else but had nowhere else to go and no means to get there.

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