Judge Holds Shooting Suspect Accused in Traffic Melee

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On March 26, DC Superior Judge Renee Raymond found probable cause, agreeing with the prosecution, to hold a non-fatal shooting defendant for his alleged involvement in a traffic dispute.

Adrian Lee, 49, is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon for allegedly shooting a victim twice in the chest in an incident that occurred on April 18,2023, on the 700 block of Gresham Place, NW.

During the hearing the prosecution said Lee should not be released given the nature of the offense and because of a prior conviction for voluntary manslaughter when he stabbed a victim in the heart.

According to court documents, Lee was called by a woman who was driving a GMC SUV that struck a Tesla sedan on the 2800 block of Sherman Avenue, NW. He responded to the scene presenting an insurance card for the SUV as demanded by the victim.

After the victim discovered the card was expired, Lee and the woman absconded. The victim pursued Lee in his car and when Lee got to his house, he allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the victim.

He was taken to Howard University Hospital by his wife to receive extended treatment for severe injuries.

At the hearing, the prosecution showed video footage of the victim’s car and a person identified as Lee approaching it. Police were able to determine Lee as a suspect by obtaining his auto insurance card and following up on an anonymous tip.

However, the defense argued that there was no clear identification by the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) investigating detective that Lee was the shooter. Further, the defense said the police should have determined who actually caused the accident more thoroughly.

Parties are slated to return to court on April 9.

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