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Two men have been shot outside the National Zoo.

Two men were wounded in a shooting outside the National Zoo on Monday. The incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. on the 3000 block of Connecticut Avenue NW.

The incident happened late in the day, a couple hours before the zoo closes and when it was packed with families celebrating Easter Monday, a popular tradition at the zoo that stretches back decades.

Police say a group of 30 or so people were walking southbound on Connecticut Avenue, and one had a handgun and fired. One man was shot in the arm, the other in the hand. Their injuries are non-life-threatening.

No one has been arrested and police say there is no suspect at this time. They're looking for two male teenagers and are asking witnesses to come forward.

Pamela Long was at a drug store on Connecticut Avenue, close to where the shooting happened.

"I heard three shots quickly in succession, people came screaming running into the drugstore," Long said.

D.C. Police spokesman Michael Reece asked for the community's help identifying the suspects.

"Its very important for us to say that there are a lot of people out here today, a lot of families and a heavy police presence, multiple agencies," Reece said. "So at this point, we just need a lot of people that were out there that witnessed this, and might have seen something, to give us a call at 202-727-9099."

This is the third violent incident on Easter Monday at the National Zoo since 2000. On this day three years ago, a 16-year-old stabbed and seriously wounded another teenager. In 2000, seven minors were shot outside the zoo's gates.

Today marks the zoo's annual Family Day, known to many as an event especially for African-American families.

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