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9 people shot, 3 dead, in U.S. capital: officials

Chief Cathy Lanier, blue jacket, second from left, and other police attend to the scene of a multiple shooting with fatalities on South Capitol Street...

Chief Cathy Lanier, blue jacket, second from left, and other police attend to the scene of a multiple shooting with fatalities on South Capitol Street...

A drive-by shooting killed three people and wounded six in the nation's capital and three suspects were arrested, officials said.
A gunman sprayed bullets into a crowd Tuesday night, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.
The shootings of six men and three women happened around 7:30 p.m. in the southeastern part of the city, said Police Department spokesman Officer Hugh Carew.
Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer said all the victims were in their 20s and 30s, except for one teenager.
One died at the scene, one was dead on arrival at the hospital, and the third died in an operating room, said Carolyn Hammond, spokeswoman for Washington Hospital Center.
She said a fourth person was in critical condition late Tuesday.
Three people were arrested and a weapon was recovered, according to police, who said they didn't know what motivated the attack.
The Washington Post reported that police pursued a van from the scene, aided by a helicopter.
Four Washington officers were slightly injured while chasing a suspect's vehicle into neighboring Prince George's County in Maryland, authorities said.