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Two Adults Shot Near D.C. School

April 29, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Two people were shot today near an elementary school in the nation’s capital and one of the victims briefly ran into the school, police said.

No children were harmed, said Capt. Alan Dreher.

The shootings, in which two men and possibly a third received minor injuries, occurred about a block from J.O. Wilson Elementary.

``There was no danger to any of the kids,″ Dreher said.

School officials kept the 512 students inside the building briefly after classes, and parents gathered outside as police blocked the streets. Police slowly let children out of the school as relatives picked them up.

``It’s pitiful it’s happening around schools,″ said Timothy McKnight, who was picking up two nieces, ages 6 and 8, and a 5-year-old nephew.

One person was shot in the arm and the other in the ankle, police said. They were taken to area hospitals. Police also were investigating whether a third man who showed up at a hospital was involved.

Mayor Anthony Williams had been scheduled to make an appearance today at an after-school program, but had not yet arrived.

Three bomb threats had been called into the city’s schools earlier today, said school district spokeswoman Denise Tann. Earlier this week, a string of bomb threats forced the evacuation of the city’s high schools on Monday and most schools on Tuesday.

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