April Sees Steep Spike in DC Homicides, Non-Fatal Shootings

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According to D.C. Witness data, there were 17 homicide victims and 42 non-fatal shooting victims in April, as reported  from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).  

April data shows a nearly 55 percent increase in homicides and a approximately 163 percent increase in non-fatal shooting victims from the previous month’s totals, which were 11 homicides and 16 non-fatal shootings, respectively. 

Further, there were 17 reported incidents with at least one death in April.

During the same period there were 24 non-fatal shooting incidents with at least one victim.  

In April, there were a total of 59 victims in 37 incidents. Several of the incidents happened as a result of disputes.

On April 4, the MPD announced a 16-year-old was arrested and charged with the fatal shooting of Avoin Evans, 14, at the Brookland Metro Station in Northeast, DC.  

According to court testimony, video footage shows two groups of kids, which included Evans and two of his friends, fighting. The shooter, who was standing away from the melee, pulled out a gun from his waistband, pointed it at Evans and fired. 

On April 27, police responded to a stabbing on the 100 block of T Street, SW.  The victim, Marin Gross, 41, died from his injuries.  Forty-nine-year-old Wali Shabazz was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the case.  The pair knew each other and were involved in a workplace dispute that escalated into a homicide, according to an MPD release.

In an April 23 incident, officers responded to a reported shooting on the 4800 block of North Capitol Street, NE, where they located an adult male and a five-year-old girl suffering from gunshot wounds. They were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Alante Partlow who reportedly knew the victims.  He has an outstanding arrest warrant and is charged with aggravated assault while armed.  MPD is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information in the case.

Responding to an April 8 shooting, MPD officers located an adult female victim in a stolen car on the 1500 block of North Capitol Street, NE.  She was treated for non-life threatening injuries.  Another woman was shot in the incident and also treated for non-life threatening injuries.   

According to an MPD release, the pair, identified as 23-year-old Sydney Johnson, and Makayla Robinson, 19, got into an argument, pulled out guns and shot at each others, 

Police charged the pair with unauthorized use of a vehicle and are looking for other suspects in the crime. 

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