Surveillance image from drive-by shooting on North Capitol Street
D.C. police have so far been unable to establish a motive in Monday morning’s drive-by shooting that wounded 13 people in Northwest D.C.
One of the victims remains hospitalized in critical condition.
Investigators now know some of the wounded had been at a nearby nightspot just before the gunfire, but it’s still unclear if the club played a role in the assault.
Surveillance cameras recorded two cars speeding down the service road in front of Tyler House just after 2 a.m., and witnesses now tell police multiple guns were being fired from at least one of them.
Police say the make and models of the cars have still not been determined.
Of the 13 people hit, seven were males and six were females. Three of them sisters.
D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells says the girls had just left the nightclub Fur on Patterson Street in Northeast D.C. and were waiting for their friends when they were hit.
Wells met with their mother Tuesday morning.
"Oh it's terrifying,” said Wells. “It's heartbreaking and it's an emotional time to be with her. And of course she's had very little sleep and is very concerned about her daughter back at the hospital, who is going to be OK, but went through major surgery yesterday.”
Police have so far been unable to connect an incident in or around the club to the violence.
FOX 5 tried to reach a manager of the club through email, by phone and in person, but have so far been unsuccessful.
Investigators were probing a possible connection with a fight in a parking lot outside the club a little over a week ago in which four women were injured.
"Obviously this city has been doing much better,” said Wells. “Crime is down, homicides are down, the city is on the upswing, this city has been doing very well. To see something like this is shocking and not anywhere near the norm of Washington, D.C. today.”
There is evidence someone returned fire at the speeding cars and a gun was recovered at the scene, but there have been no arrests and no additional reported injuries.
Some of the bullets hit cars parked on the service road. Others hit walls and trees.
One man wounded in the ankle said there was no warning.
The violence on North Capitol Street comes as the area known as NoMa or north of Massachusetts Avenue, is rapidly changing.
D.C. police have interviewed dozens of people so far and are still looking for help. There is a $10,000 reward for information.