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Man Arrested in Shooting at 17th and Independence

Police have arrested a man and charged him with Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm for an incident that occurred on the 1700 block of Independence Avenue SE.

On Monday, April 22, 2024, at approximately 2:18 a.m., officers responded to reports of the sounds of gunshots at the listed location. Officers discovered evidence of gunfire including bullet holes in a vehicle parked on Independence Avenue SE.

Investigators with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Real Time Crime Center quickly examined camera footage and used it to investigate.

Officers identified and located a suspect in a nearby house. As a result of the detectives’ investigation, an 18-year-old of Southeast DC was arrested. Both a gun and large capacity ammunition were recovered.

The area has recently been the site of numerous shootings. On April 3, people toook cover as shots rang out two blocks away at Independence and 15th Street SE. One man told NBC Washington that he pretended he was dead; a woman ducked in her car as gunshots struck the vehicle.

At that time, an MPD representative told the Hill Rag that police were not clear why there had recently been so many shootings in the area, saying there was no indication of a gang “beef” playing out in the area. But a neighborhood walk held with MPD and District agencies, a house on the 200 block of 17th Street SE was identified as a “nuisance house,” with some offiicers hypothesizing that there was a dispute between people living there and people living in another neighborhood.

However, the suspect in the April 22 case was not arrested at the so-called “nuisance house” but in a house around the corner on the 1700 block of Independence Avenue SE. The 18-year-old has been charged with Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm.

The suspect in the April 3 shooting, a 41-year-old West Virginian man, turned himself in to police on April 11. He was arrested and charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Anyone who has information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information, video or photos may be submitted to the department’s Text Tip Line by sending a text message to 50411.  MPD currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a violent crime committed in the District of Columbia.

This story has been corrected. The “nuisance house” was incorrectly identified as being on the 200 block of 17th Street NE. It is in Southeast. The Hill Rag regrets the error.

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