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Police gunfire ends dog attack in northeast

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A frightening scene near a bus stop in Northeast DC when two two pit bulls go after a woman there and two men who tried to help her.

"I was minding my business walking down the street and the dogs came out of nowhere," Cowanda Gresham says.

The attack happened on the steps near the Hechinger Mall at 16th Street and Benning Road NE. As Gresham went up , the two unleashed pit bulls were coming down.

"The brown one was like 'woof' and I didn't know, I thought maybe the owner was behind him. And then a black one jumped out at me and I fell down the steps to try and get away. It was really awful." Gresham says.

A man with a cane tried to fend off the dogs. Wilbert Crews picked up a brick and threw it at the dogs who then lunged at him and bit him on the face, arm, and finger.

A DC police officer witnessed the attack and jumped out of her cruiser to help.

"A police lady came out of nowhere.. and shot them and they ran. Had it not been for her, all of us out here could have been hurt. It would have been a bad sight," Gresham says.

Crews has stitches on his face. He also needed a Tetanus and Rabies Shot. Gresham suffered minor injuries in the fall down the steps.

 A police spokesman says the dogs are alive at Animal Control, and now they want to find the owner. He could face charges for violating DC's leash law.

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