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At 11:30 a.m. today, a gunman fired at least 10 shots from the sidewalk at the corner of 5th and P Streets NW in Shaw. By 12:30 p.m., police had no evidence he hit anything.
As officers counted shell casings behind the tape, a group of neighbor told the story of the shooting. Rumor has it the shooter, a man described only by his long dreads, went gunning for a second man for snitching on him to police.
The sources, not surprisingly, refused to give their names. But one did offer an explanation as to how the gunner could fire 10 shots with no apparent victim. The target, said the woman, thumbing a Bible while sitting in her wheelchair, was protected by Jesus.
Further, Jesus, she believes, protected her when a car ran her down a month or so ago. The crash destroyed her wheelchair, but she escaped with only a few scratches.
“Me and my family pray,” she said, pulling up her sleeve to show a pair of praying hands tattooed on her arm, complete with red nail polish.
But Jesus, apparently, does not control this woman’s wrath. When her former sister-in-law arrived and tried to wheel her away from the group, the woman lost her cool. “If you don’t get away from me, I’m gonna drop this Bible and kick your ass,” she said.