Capital Shootings Kill 4, Wound 5

From the Washington Post

In a continuation of violence in the District of Columbia, four people, including a well-known gang member, were killed and five others were wounded by gunfire during a 9 1/2-hour period that ended early Saturday, police said.

The slayings, most of which occurred in drug-trafficking neighborhoods, brought the number of homicides in the district this year to 107, nearly double the number killed in the equivalent period of 1987.

Homicide detectives said the pace of the attacks, which averaged one shooting an hour--was unusual. The death toll exceeded that of Feb. 14, when three people were killed and 10 others were wounded within 24 hours that officials called the bloodiest episode in memory.