1 dead, 7 in­jured in early-morn­ing shoot­ing

Po­lice are seek­ing two as­sailants in Satur­day’s gun­fire near Shaw

The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - BY JENNA PORTNOY jenna.portnoy@wash­post.com

A 32-year-old Dis­trict man was fa­tally shot and seven oth­ers suf­fered gun­shot wounds early Satur­day a few blocks from a rapidly gen­tri­fy­ing area on the bor­der of Shaw and Bloom­ing­dale, po­lice said.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the homi­cide vic­tim as Al­ger­non Har­vey Jones, of South­east.

Seven ad­di­tional peo­ple — six men and one woman — had non­life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

D.C. Po­lice Chief Peter New­sham is­sued a warn­ing to the as­sailants, who re­mained at large by early Satur­day evening.

“This kind of reck­less dis­re­gard for hu­man life won’t be tol­er­ated in D.C. To those re­spon­si­ble: we will find you and bring you to jus­tice,” he said in a tweet Satur­day.

The shoot­ing oc­curred around 1 a.m. at a red brick apart­ment com­plex in the 100 block of Q Street NW, po­lice said.

Of­fi­cers re­sponded to re­ports of gun­shots and found an un­con­scious man shot mul­ti­ple times ly­ing in a grassy court­yard where a large group of young peo­ple had been gath­ered.

Calls to po­lice and tips from peo­ple in the area helped of­fi­cers find the other vic­tims.

Five of the vic­tims left the scene when po­lice ar­rived and at­tempted to drive them­selves to var­i­ous hos­pi­tals, ac­cord­ing to the in­ci­dent re­port.

Po­lice are search­ing for two black males wear­ing dark cloth­ing who were last seen flee­ing the scene in a dark-col­ored sedan with heav­ily tinted win­dows, head­ing east­bound on Q Street. The shoot­ing re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Wil­liam FitzGer­ald, the com­man­der of the D.C. po­lice dis­trict where the shoot­ing oc­curred, de­clined to com­ment on the mo­tive for the shoot­ing, the num­ber of shots fired or if any weapons were re­cov­ered.

The po­lice depart­ment and prop­erty man­age­ment com­pa­nies “could do a bet­ter job eras­ing some of the con­di­tions that lead up to these [shoot­ings],” he told re­porters Satur­day af­ter­noon. “But at the end of the day it all goes back to who did the shoot­ing, and to wound that many peo­ple is just heart­less, cal­lous.”

FitzGer­ald asked for res­i­dents’ help in lo­cat­ing the gun­men.

“Don’t let peo­ple that do these things take over the city,” he said.

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