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First off, the good news is that it looks like Brian Beutler is going to make a full recovery. Beutler, a local blogger, was shot early yesterday morning in Adams Morgan. He’s at the hospital, getting regular visits from family and friends.
I got a few more details from the police report about what happened. Beutler and a friend were walking west on Euclid toward 17th Street when they were approached by two young men, who demanded their cell phones. Beutler’s friend said “you’re kidding, right?” and one of the muggers said “get the gun.” The other boy took out a small, silver handgun (probably a 25) and shot Beutler three times, in the left shoulder, left side and lower back. When police arrived they canvassed the area, looking for two 16 to 17-year-old boys, “with negative results.” The incident occurred near the middle of the block, so it was probably not within the sites of the crime camera.