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Two boys shot in D.C. while waiting in line for lunch; adult also wounded

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The gunman started shooting at someone who then ran in the direction of children at a lunch program

Three people, including two young boys, were shot in the District of Columbia while they were waiting in line at a summer lunch program, The Washington Post reported. 

Metro Police told the newspaper that the boys, ages 7 and 8, were among 30 children lined up for the lunch program when a gunman began shooting at another male outside a nearby apartment building around 12:30 p.m. 

The gunman and his intended target fled the scene.

A counselor, a man in his 40s who was with the boys, was hit in the thigh.


The 7-year-old was shot in the back of his left shoulder and the 8-year-old was hit in the right ankle, The Post reported. 

One child was transported by helicopter to a hospital while the other two victims were taken by ambulance. None of the injuries are considered life-threatening, NBCWashington.com reported. 

The shooter's intended target fled in the children's direction when the shots were fired. 

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The Post reported the children were rushed into an apartment building across the street when the shooting began. 

One witness told NBCWashington.com that she heard 11 shots fired. 

Police are using a helicopter and K-9 units to search for the shooter, the station reported. 

They are also searching for the shooter's target, The Post reported. 

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