3 killed, 3 others hospitalized in Northwest DC shooting

Three people were killed in a shooting in Northwest D.C. on Saturday night.

Three others have been hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, according to D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee.

Contee said that the six people were shot near the corner of 7th Street and Longfellow Street in Brightwood Park just before 8 p.m. Saturday night.

The vehicle of interest pegged by D.C. police following a shooting in Brightwood Park that killed three people and left three others hospitalized. (Courtesy D.C. Police)

Authorities are searching for a dark colored Honda Accord with tinted windows and chrome colored rims that was spotted at the scene of the shooting. Contee said that it appears people exited the suspected vehicle and fired shots down the block.

Police identified the three deceased victims as 31-year-old Donnetta Dyson, of NE, 24-year-old Keenan Braxton, of NW, and 37-year-old Johnny Joyner, of NE.

Contee said that police believe there was more than one person firing a gun, but could not confirm if it was multiple shooters from the suspected vehicle or if gunfire was being traded back and forth.

“It’s very frustrating. And we’ve been talking about gun violence for a long time,” Contee said.

“We know that this issue is not unique to Washington, DC, but I think it speaks to the overall sickness that we’re seeing in our community and that sickness being gun violence…there are people in our communities who are committing these acts.”

Contee announced that the reward for anyone with information on the shooting is $75,000.

Below is the area where the shooting took place:

WTOP’s Matthew Delaney contributed to this report.

Juan Herrera

Juan Herrera is an associate producer for WTOP News. He joined the radio news team in 2021 after previously working for WMAL News as a news assistant. He is a graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

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