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Three Killed Over Weekend in District

At least three men were shot in the District this weekend, including two in Ward 6, police said in bulletins issued over the weekend.

A man was killed in Southwest in the early hours of Sunday, Jan. 5. Police arrived at an address in the 1400 block of Third Street SW (near O Street SW) around 5:30 a.m. after getting reports of a shooting. When they got there, they found a man inside of a residence suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Investigation at the scene suggested the shooting occurred inside of the residence.

DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 26-year-old Xavier Tate, of Northeast.

Late Saturday night, at around 11:40 p.m., First District officers responded to the Unit block of K Street NW after receiving a report of a shooting.  When they got to the residence, the officers found an adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  Unfortunately, the victim succumbed to his injuries. The victim was identified as 39-year-old Anthony Ward.

Ward is the third homicide victim this year. 60-year-old Charles Robinson was found inside of a residence on the 2000 block of 19th Place SE in Columbia Heights around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. He had suffered a single gunshot wound and displayed no signs of life.

There were 166 homicides in the District in 2019, 15 of them in Ward 6.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s Text Tip Line by sending a text message to 50411.

An earlier version of this story misreported the dates of these crimes. The Hill Rag regrets the error.

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