October Homicides Increase by 1 from September

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There were 18 homicides in October, nearly 5.9 percent more than the 17 homicides recorded in September, according to D.C. Witness data.

Data shows that there were 22 non-fatal shootings and one traffic fatality in October.

On Oct. 20, 23-year-old Steven Washington was arrested and charged with first-degree murder while armed in connection to a 2020 homicide.

At about 5:04 a.m. on July 21, 2020, Metropolitan Police Department officers located 30-year-old Nurudeen Thomas on the 4100 block of 14th Street, NW suffering from gunshot wounds.

He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

On Oct. 5, a traffic fatality occurred at the intersection of 10th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

A driver of a 2020 Dodge Charger was driving westbound crossing 10th Street, NW, at around 5:21 a.m. when a pedestrian attempted to cross Massachusetts Avenue, according to court documents.

At the intersection, the Dodge Charger struck the pedestrian. The pedestrian, 60-year-old Venancie Musabe, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

On Oct. 24, MPD detectives arrested and charged 24-year-old Ojahri Hart and 19-year-old Yahweh Chambers with assault with a dangerous weapon in connection to a non-fatal shooting that occurred on the 100 block of Kennedy Street, NW.

According to a press release, at about 6:28 p.m., officers found two adult males suffering from gunshot wounds. They received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

Hart and Chambers are both being held at the DC Jail and are scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 7.

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