DC-area rapper fatally shot while working at cannabis dispensary in Northwest DC

A D.C.-area rapper was shot to death Wednesday while working at a cannabis dispensary in D.C. — despite cooperating with the robbers, according to investigators.

D.C. police said Philip Prendergast, 41, of Silver Spring, Maryland, was struck by gunfire while working in the 5100 block of Georgia Avenue in Northwest, after two suspects charged into the dispensary brandishing handguns around 3 p.m.

NBC Washington identified the location as Hotbox, near Hamilton Street.

It reported one of the suspects fired their gun, grabbed “property and money,” then fled.

Prendergast, also known as Phil Da Phuture, was shot during the robbery. He died later at a hospital.

Footage of the suspects was captured by nearby surveillance cameras.

Series of hooded people caught on surveillance video
D.C. police are searching for two suspects involved in a deadly shooting during an armed robbery on Georgia Avenue in Northwest on Wednesday. (Courtesy D.C. police)

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call D.C. police at 202-727-9099.

Below is a map of the area where it happened.

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Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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