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Radio traffic: DC firefighter wounded after responding to shooting scene

After initially determining scene was secure firefighters ended up in middle of gunfire

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Radio traffic (above) via recorded yesterday (Sunday) afternoon when a DC Fire & EMS Department firefighter was wounded after responding to a shooting in the 3900 block of Martin Luther King Avenue SW. The firefighter was treated and released from the hospital yesterday. Engine 25 ended up with two bullet holes in the rig.

On the recording, you’ll hear that at about the same time the officer from Engine 25 reported the gunfire, DC’s Office of Unified Communications (OUC) dispatched a second assignment for a shooting on adjacent South Capitol Street. In the confusion, OUC assigned two different tac channels to what was the same incident with the same battalion chief in charge. For many minutes, OUC was telling the battalion chief and units responding to operate on different channels. The battalion chief finally figured it out and got everyone on the same channel.

Nick Boykin, WUSA-TV:

A DC Fire & EMS firefighter was shot while on duty Sunday afternoon in the 3900 block of South Capitol Street, Southeast, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

The firefighter was one of three victims from two shootings that happened between both the 3900 block of Martin Luther King Avenue, SE, and 3900 block of South Capitol Street, SE, according to DC Police.

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Martin Weil & Justin George, The Washington Post:

It appeared from preliminary accounts that the first shooting occurred near the 3900 block of Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE just before 4:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, according to police spokeswoman Alaina Gertz, emergency personnel were sent to the area to treat the shooting victim.

At that point, Gertz said, the attacker in the first shooting apparently returned. Both the second civilian victim and the firefighter were then shot, according to a preliminary account from Gertz. Police listed the site of that portion of the incident as the 3900 block of South Capitol Street SW. The address is a stone’s throw from the address listed for the shooting of the first victim.

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