One Mass Shooting, Two Stabbings Among Homicides in DC in August

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D.C. Witness recorded a total of 45 non-fatal shootings and homicides for the month of August. 

Of those, 30 were homicides. Twenty-eight homicides stemmed from shootings, and two were stabbings.  

One of the victims was Naima Liggon, 16, who was allegedly stabbed by another female, also 16, outside the McDonald’s on the 1900 block of 14th Street, NW, on Aug. 27. The juvenile suspect is being charged with second-degree murder while armed. According to prosecutors, the attack stemmed from a disagreement about sweet and sour sauce. 

Saturdays were the deadliest day of the month, with Aug. 5 recording the most homicides. 

On that day, three incidents cost the lives of seven individuals. In the first case, officers from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) located James Morgan, 34, Jamal Morgan, 30 and Vincent Martin,42, suffering from gunshot wounds on the 2500 block of Ontario Road, NW. James and Jamal were found with no signs consistent with life, and Martin succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. No suspect has been apprehended by MPD yet. 

A few hours later, officers located Andre Baker, 19, on the 1200 block of U Street, NW, lifeless and with obvious gunshot wounds. David Botchway, 20, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder while armed for his alleged connection to the incident. 

The third incident was a mass shooting that occurred on the 1600 block of Good Hope Road, SE, in which MPD officers located four adult male shooting victims and one adult female shooting victim. According to MPD documents, two adult males and the woman were killed. The two other men were transported to a local hospital for treatment. 

The homicide victims were identified as Tymea Cook,27, Bernard Hodges, 35 and Reginald Gilbert, 34. MPD is still investigating the incident and are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating suspects captured by surveillance cameras. 

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