Three men were rushed to the hospital after a shooting in Southeast D.C. and two other people were shot in separate incidents later Thursday afternoon, continuing a streak of gun violence in the District that has outraged the community and put pressure on city leaders to respond.
A deadly holiday weekend in D.C. ramped up Friday night and seemed to continue unrelenting as officers responded to the eighth shooting in three days.
Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham says the genetic samples and femur bones from the remains have been sent to an FBI lab for analysis.
Two teenagers who were already in jail on unrelated charges were formally booked and charged with second-degree murder while armed for their role in the death of a 16-year-old near Noma-Gallaudet station earlier in May.
“There is forensic evidence, and witness statements, that suggest that there was an exchange of gunfire,” D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said during a Friday news conference. “The officer used his service weapon.”
An off-duty police officer shot and killed a man in Northeast D.C. Wednesday night, the city’s police chief said.
Police are asking the public’s help in finding a white four-door Hyundia Accent that they say fled the scene of a fatal double shooting on May 3 in Southeast D.C.
Two of the three women whose remains were found last month died from gunshot wounds. The third died from “inflicted trauma.” The FBI will now assist with special forensic testing, Chief Peter Newsham said.
The case is being worked as a death investigation, D.C. police Chief Peter Newsham said, but “the circumstances certainly rise to the level of suspicious.”
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham acknowledged the District’s troubling rise in hate crimes over the past few years. Police are also searching for the suspects involved in what Newsham said seems to be an unprovoked attack in D.C.’s U Street neighborhood.
D.C. lawmakers learned during testimony Thursday that what they thought was a fully-funded initiative to collect data on all police interactions is only partially being implemented.
In an interview with WTOP, D.C.’s police chief describes the investigation into the death of a Ballou High School student as “complicated.” The special needs student died Monday, weeks after the he was hit by classmates at school.
A drive-by shooting in D.C.’s Anacostia neighborhood, just down the street from the scene of a teenager’s fatal shooting earlier this week, left four people injured Wednesday morning.
D.C. leaders pleaded with residents of Anacostia on Wednesday to come forward with any information they might know about a shooting that killed a 14-year-old boy outside a church over the weekend.
Crime is down as a whole across the District, according to recent statistics, and D.C.’s police chief is convinced there are only a small group of criminals causing the majority of the violence.
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