Homicides and Non-Fatal Shootings Increase in May, Data Shows

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D.C. Witness counted a total of 49 homicides and non-fatal shooting incidents in DC during May. 

According to D.C. Witness’ data, the District experienced 9 more homicides and the same number of non-fatal shootings in the month of May than in April. 

Of those incidents, 24 were homicides. Twenty of the homicides committed in the District were caused by shootings. 

Of the 25 non-fatal shootings, four reported no victims or injuries.

Noteworthy cases include the stabbing death of 41-year-old Fitsum Ayele Mamo on May 25 on the 1900 block of 14th Street, SE. The incident was related to a dispute with 51-year-old Asmerom Ghebrekidan. Another individual was injured as he tried to intervene in the dispute. Mamo died at a hospital due to brain herniation. 

On May 30, a 15-year-old juvenile male was arrested and charged with first-degree murder for his alleged involvement in the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Kaijah McCoy, which occurred on May 3 on the 3700 block of Jamison Street, NE. 

Of the incidents in May, 25 occurred in Southeast DC, 16 in Northeast DC, ten in Northwest DC, and three in Southwest DC. 

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