1 dead in shooting at Southeast apartment complex

Comm. Lashay Makal at the scene of a fatal shooting in Anacostia on Oct. 5, 2023. (Courtesy 7 News)

A man is dead after being shot near his home in Anacostia on Thursday afternoon, D.C. police say.

It happened in an apartment complex in the 2600 Block of Stanton Road Southeast just before noon, D.C. police said.

The man, who was shot multiple times before dying at the scene, lived nearby and was in his 30s, Cmdr. Lashay Makal said at a news conference.

“Everyone is sick and tired of what’s happening,” Makal said. “I’m really asking the community to show up for this family. This family is grieving; they lost a loved one. Please reach out to us and give us any information that can bring some closure to yet another act of senseless violence.”

Early in the investigation, police said they were searching for a person who has bushy hair and was wearing a school uniform. But Makal said that police now couldn’t confirm a “usable” lookout for any individual.

It isn’t clear whether one or multiple suspects were involved, Makal said. There’s no known motive.

KIPP DC Discover Academy is about a quarter of a mile away from where the shooting happened. The high school’s students were initially put on a lockdown, which has since been lifted.

The shooting happened nearby where Rep. Henry Cuellar’s car was found after it was stolen Monday night. Makal said there’s no information linking the shooting to the carjacking.

Jessica Kronzer

Jessica Kronzer graduated from James Madison University in May 2021 after studying media and politics. She enjoys covering politics, advocacy and compelling human-interest stories.

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