Two boys, ages 7 and 8, and their adult chaperone were wounded June 25 by stray gunfire in the latest episode of street gunplay in a southeast Washington neighborhood.

Police said that shortly before 12:30 pm, an unidentified gunman opened fire on another person in southeast D.C., hitting the two boys, 7 and 8, who were being escorted by the adult to a library to use computers. None of their wounds are considered life threatening, said the police, and they are expected to recover. The shooting occurred around the corner of 19th and Savannah Streets, SE.

At the time, nearly 30 children were outside participating in an informal summer-activities program sponsored by a nearby Village of Parklands housing development according to police Cmdr. Joel Maupin.

The 7-year-old was the most seriously injured, said police, with a wound received to his right upper back. The 8-year-old boy was hit in the ankle, and a wound to the thigh afflicted the man, in his early 40’s. D.C. police have yet to release the identities of the children and the man.

The adult victim, a management employee of the development, was escorting the children to a facility where they could use computers when the shooting broke out.

Maupin said that the gunman was standing on a grassy hill about 75 yards away from the children while his intended target ran away from the shooter towards the group. The police are unclear if the intended target was hit at all.

Although wounded, the chaperone was able to escort all the children to a safe building nearby, waiting for police and ambulances to arrive.

The police have vague descriptions of the shooter and his intended target and are still looking for further information.

The area of southeast D.C. has been no stranger to violence lately. Since the beginning of the year, there have been over 10 unsolved homicides in the area as well as other crimes.

Just last week on Wednesday, June 20, 24-year-old J’Ron Lamar Brown was found shot in the 1700 block of 17th street SE.. Derrick Babb was arrested in connection to the murder after a nearly eight-hour standoff with police that same day. Babb is being held on a second-degree murder charge.

On Aril 30 at 11:42 am, Sandy Tremaine Greene III was found shot and killed in the 2200 block of Savannah St., SE, a few blocks from the shooting that occurred on June 25. Andre Miles was arrested May 4 in connection with Greene’s death and probable cause has been found for the second-degree murder.

Anyone with information on these or any other homicides or crimes should contact the Metropolitan Police department at (202) 727-9099 and mpdc.dc.gov.

Malcolm Maurice

Special to the AFRO