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D.C. Witness data shows that, in October, there were 18 homicide and eight non-fatal shooting victims, connected to 22 different incidents.
All homicide victims’ deaths stemmed from a shooting.
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), according to D.C. Witness records, arrested suspects in connection to three of the 22 incidents.
One of the individuals, 46-year-old Desmond Thurston, is charged with second-degree murder while armed for his alleged involvement in the fatal shooting of 52-year-old Patricia Johnson on Oct. 1, on the 400 block of 13th Street, SE.
According to court documents, Thurston and Johnson had previously been in a relationship, during which Thurston had been accused of domestic violence on various occasions. On Oct. 1, Johnson sustained gunshot wounds to her hand, face, and her chest.
A week later, 28-year-old Nathaniel Arce-Washington was arrested and charged with two counts of assault with intent to kill while armed and two counts of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, for his alleged involvement in a non-fatal shooting that occurred on Nov. 9 on the 1200 block of Queen Street, NE. The incident left two individuals suffering from life-threatening injuries.
According to a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) detective’s testimony, Arce-Washington was seen in a surveillance video allegedly shooting at men who “robbed and pistol whipped” him. Arce-Washington had a laceration above his right eye that was severely bleeding at the time of his arrest.
Likewise, on Oct. 17, 33-year-old Ni’Jhae Curry was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, for her alleged involvement in a non-fatal shooting on the 900 block of Sycamore Drive, SE.
According to court documents, MPD arrived at the reported location after being dispatched due to gunshots. When police arrived they found a a woman stating Curry had fought with her and fired one round resulting from a dispute. Two witnesses attempted to aid the complainant and diffuse the fight.
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