Staffer for DC Council member charged with firing gun outside marijuana pop-up market

A staffer for D.C. Council member Brianne K. Nadeau was arrested on charges of firing a gun outside a marijuana pop-up store.

Police said that on Aug. 3, DaVon Lorenzo Fuller, 24, of Southeast, fired his gun outside a warehouse in the 2200 block of 25th Place NE off Bladensburg Road. He was arrested Saturday.

Nadeau said in a statement that her office is “shocked and saddened” by the situation, as it does not reflect the person his colleagues have come to know in the year he has worked in her office.

Earlier, Fuller was placed on administrative leave, but as of Tuesday, a spokesperson for Nadeau’s office said Fuller no longer works for the office.

“Although there is a legal process to determine guilt that remains ongoing, it’s important that we are able to carry on the business of the people of Ward 1, and we will move forward with bringing on new staff to do so,” spokesperson Tom Fazzini said in an email to WTOP.

A previous statement noted Nadeau’s support for stronger gun violence prevention laws and investment in gun violence prevention programs. “We know that easy access to guns can turn petty arguments into potentially deadly confrontations,” the earlier statement said.

On Aug. 3, video footage showed a BMW parked at the location of the alleged marijuana pop-up at around 12:47 p.m. Two men, one of whom was identified as Fuller, were seen coming out of the car carrying three bags to the warehouse.

Just before 6:15 p.m., a white Jeep SUV drove down the block and stopped in front of the BMW.

Two men got out of the Jeep and appeared to rob Fuller. In response, Fuller and his companion pulled out guns and fired indiscriminately, according to court documents.

Fuller’s lawyer told The Washington Post that Fuller fired in self-defense.

Police found that the BMW was registered to Fuller, who was identified from a lookout by two people, one of whom was a police officer.

A search conducted in Fuller’s home found a gun registered under Fuller’s name and ammunition. Police also found that Fuller applied for and received a conceal carry permit from D.C. police on July 30 for the same gun.

Police are looking for Fuller’s companion. Anyone with information on the shooting should call (202) 727-9099.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published Aug. 12, 2019. It has been updated to include the latest statement from the D.C. Council member’s office. 

WTOP’s Teta Alim contributed to this report. 

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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