Man shot dead, suspect arrested in former Walter Reed campus shooting

WASHINGTON — A man died Friday morning after being shot in a parking lot on the campus of the former Walter Reed Medical Center, and the suspect has been arrested and charged, D.C. police said.

The victim has been identified as Brian Andre Gibson, 45, of Northwest D.C., according to police. The suspect, Wright Koonce, 59, of Silver Spring, Maryland, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder while armed.

Police Chief Peter Newsham said officers were called to the grounds of the old Walter Reed campus on Georgia Avenue shortly after 8 a.m. for the sound of gunshots. Newsham said two men got into a physical altercation in a parking lot in an isolated part of the grounds.

Newsham described the altercation as a “serious assault,” but the circumstances surrounding it are still unknown.

One of the men, described by Newsham as being in his 50s, pulled out a gun and fatally shot the other man.

“They apparently knew each other and did not get along,” Newsham said.

Newsham said the men may have been shuttle bus workers.

The man who pulled out the gun was referred to as a “person of interest,” Newsham said. He was being interviewed by police and was cooperating, he said.

The shooting took place at Walter Reed’s former campus at 6900 Georgia Avenue in Northwest D.C. The army left the location in 2011 for a new headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. Last year, the army transferred ownership of the 66-acre campus to the D.C. government, which plans a massive redevelopment project.

Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined WTOP.com as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at Nextgov.com, part of Government Executive Media Group.

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