Three Homicides Occur on Saturday

Three fatal shootings happened on Saturday, Aug. 7. The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has made an arrest in connection with one of them.

At about 1:45 a.m. police responded to the 600 block of 53rd Street, SW, due to a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police located 20-year-old Juwaun Williams and transported them to a local hospital. Two other adult male victims were taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the press release.

At approximately 4:29 p.m. police responded to the 3000 block of Nelson Place, SE, due to a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police located 20-year-old Kendall Brown and transported her to a local hospital, where they were later pronounced dead, according to the press release.

Police arrested 22-year-old Amard Jefferson on Aug. 8 and charged him with second-degree murder while armed in relation to the homicide.

At about 6:17 p.m. police were flagged down in the 200 block of 49th  Street, SE. Upon arrival, police found 69-year-old James Beckham in a vehicle and pronounced him dead on scene, according to a press release.

Update as of 4:55 p.m. on Aug. 9. MPD Chief Robert J. Contee III spoke to the public about the homicides during a press conference on Aug. 9. “These cases really underscore again the violence we have seen recently in our city,” he said. “It’s consistent with what we have seen in a national landscape with respect to gun violence in our communities.”