Document: Homicide of 15 Year Old in SE

A 15-year-old boy was fatally shot on Dec. 13 in an area that wasn’t far from where members of his family lived.

According to Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham, officers responded to reports of gunshots on the 2900 block of Knox Place, SE. When they arrived at the location, they discovered Gerald Watson suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Newsham told reporters that night that detectives are reviewing surveillance cameras in the neighborhood. The chief said it appears as if the boy was chased before he was killed.

“It doesn’t make any sense. Who’s going to shoot a kid. This is the holiday season. It is a celebratory time,” Newsham told News4, NBC’s local news affiliate. He said it was “heartbreaking.”

A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case or any other homicide in DC.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE — 50411.