Apparent shots heard in background in TV report on crime in the District

In one of the more compelling, dramatic and disturbing Washington television news reports, what appeared to be gunshots were heard in the background as a community activist was being interviewed Sunday night about violence in his neighborhood.

“You hear that?” Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Paul Trantham asked a WTTG -TV (channel 5) reporter. “Gunfire.”

Two or three loud bangs had resounded as Trantham spoke.

He was being interviewed for a story by reporter Marina Marraco about a series of violent incidents in the District since Friday.

It appeared that Trantham was discussing one incident in particular that had occurred on Alabama Avenue SE, near the area he represents.

The police department Twitter feed issued an alert late Saturday for a shooting in the 2400 block of the avenue. On Sunday, police reported two later shootings, one in the 500 block of 45th Street NE, and one in the 1000 block of Bladensburg Road.

A fatal shooting was reported about 2 a.m. Saturday on Kennedy Street NW. In addition to the man who was killed there, a second person was wounded, police said.

On the air Marraco said that the shooting on Alabama had left one victim wounded.She was talking with Trantham about that and similar recent ncidents in that neighborhood.

Then the noise was heard in the background.

It was not clear how close it was, nor could it be determined for certain that the sounds were actually shots. But they sounded like shots.

“Gun shots in the middle of our interview,” Marraco posted Sunday night on her Twitter feed.

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