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3 women shot dead in DC, 2 deadly, apartment set on fire with baby inside, police say



Authorities in Washington are looking for a man who shot dead three women, two of them fatally, before setting fire to an apartment on fire with a newborn inside, police said Monday.

Ashlan Benedict, executive assistant chief of police in Washington, spoke to the media in Washington on Monday.Twitter / DC police

The shootings and the fire appeared to be linked to a “domestic incident,” Ashlan Benedict, executive assistant chief of police in Washington, told reporters.

The condition of the 3-month-old child, who was taken to hospital, was not immediately clear.

Benedict said firefighters responded to a third-floor apartment in the southeastern part of the city around 7:30 p.m. They found a woman who had been shot outside the block, he said.

Two other women were inside with the baby, he said, adding that he believed firefighters had rescued the child and quickly extinguished the blaze.

Two victims were pronounced dead at the scene, Benedict said. Authorities believe the fire was started when the attacker left the apartment, he said.

No description of the suspect has been given and potential links to the victims remain unclear, he said.


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