15-year-old boy shot, killed near Nats Park; tip reward increased to $50K

The suspect was caught on nearby surveillance video. (Courtesy DC police)

A 15-year-old boy was killed in a deadly shooting Wednesday afternoon, a few blocks from Nationals Park, and D.C. police are still looking for the suspect.

Police identified the victim as Thomas Johnson, of Southeast D.C.

Around 1:15 p.m., officers responded to a housing complex west of the ballpark, in the 1300 block of Half Street Southwest. They found Johnson unresponsive after he’d been shot multiple times. He died at the scene.

Newsham told reporters Wednesday that the incident appeared to have been “a targeted shooting” and thus nothing to do with the Game 5 watch party at the ballpark that evening. Police said the shooting did not cause extra officers to be deployed around the stadium.

On Thursday, police released a grainy photo of the suspect, caught on nearby surveillance video.

D.C. police also announced an increase in reward money for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the suspect in this shooting. The FBI Washington Field Office has offered $25,000, bringing the total reward amount to $50,000, police said.

Anyone with information about this deadly shooting can call police at (202) 727-9099, or text their tip to 50411.

Below is a map of the area where police said the shooting took place.

WTOP’s Teta Alim contributed to this report.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.

Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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