Reporters from WUSA9 in Washington were on Southern Avenue in Southeast DC to cover a reported home invasion that occurred at 2:00am on Wednesday.
Police said four armed men held eight people hostage, assaulted three of them, including a male who had a broom stick thrust into his mouth.
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Photographer Danielle Gill and reporter Bruce Johnson were knocking on doors, trying to get neighbours to talk to them. Most of them did not know the family living in the house.
All agreed it had been an up and down community - meaning the drugs and violence would come and go; No one was willing to guess what lead to the home invasion. And then a lady appeared ...