Defendant Pleads Not Guilty in a Mass Shooting

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During an Oct. 2 felony arraignment, a non-fatal shooting defendant pleaded not guilty to multiple charges resulting from a mass shooting.

Jaylaun Brown, 21, is charged with seven counts of assault with intent to kill while armed, possession of firearm during crime of violence, and aggravated assault knowingly while armed, among other charges for his involvement in a non-fatal shooting Jan. 21 on the 1400 block of 9th Street, NW. The incident left seven individuals suffering from gunshot injuries. 

According to Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) documents, officers responded to a shooting at the location, where they discovered one victim suffering from two non-life-threatening gunshot wounds outside a liquor store. The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) says the victim and Brown had been shooting at one another. 

Terrence Austin, Brown’s defense attorney, alerted the court he was pleading not guilty to all charges, and asserted all constitutional rights, including the right to a speedy trial. 

Parties are expected to reconvene for a status hearing on Oct. 10.

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