Homicides Increase in July

There were 11 percent more fatal shootings in July than June in DC this year.

D.C. Witness data shows there were 21 shootings in July. There were 19 fatal shootings in June. In addition to fatal shootings, there was one lethal stabbing.

On July 9, 23-year-old Brittany Palmer was stabbed on the 1600 block of New York Avenue, NE. According to a press release, the offense occurred within an establishment on the block.

Of the 21 shootings, the most recent was an officer-involved shooting on July 30, resulting in the death of 31-year-old Kevin Hartgraves-Shird on the 200 block of Madison Street, NW.

According to a press release, while canvassing an area after two individuals sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, a Metropolitan Police Department officer located and followed a white sedan containing three suspects to the intersection of 2nd Street and Madison Street, NW.

When the suspects fled from the vehicle, the officer saw one suspect with a handgun, according to the release. The officer fired, striking the suspect. Hartgraves-Shird succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

On July 19, four individuals, including 40-year-old William Whittington, 24-year-old Shelton Robinson, 33-year-old Audra Williams, and 57-year-old Charles Davis were killed in separate shooting incidents. Three of those incidents occurred in Southeast, DC. Robinson was shot in Northeast, DC.

The MPD apprehended suspects in two of the incidents, including 33-year-old Alphonso Oliver for allegedly shooting 16-year-old Levoire Simmons on the 700 block of Kenilworth Terrace, NE on July 5 and 30-year-old Anna Payne allegedly shot 69-year-old Marilyn Payne on the 1600 block of Webster Street, NE.

Police are looking for 34-year-old Wonell A. Jones for his alleged connection to the fatal shooting of 33-year-old Audora Williams on the 2900 block of Knox Place, SE.