A Maryland man was fatally shot on the afternoon of Aug. 13 in Southeast D.C. The shooting is one in a wave of recent District murders, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
Authorities responded to a call in the 1400 block of V Street, SE. the afternoon of Aug. 13. Officers found Gary Thompson, 19, from Suitland, Md., unconscious and suffering from a gunshot wound to his back. Thompson was taken to a local and later died, police said.
Several murders also occurred during the week of Aug. 8-Aug. 14, including the Aug. 10 slaying of William Lassiter, 52, who was shot on the 900 block of Mount Olivet Road, NE, police said.
Officers said they heard gunfire in the area of Mount Olivet Road and New York Avenue around 1:45 a.m. and found the victim suffering from a gunshot injury. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
A third shooting took the life of another man on Aug. 8 in Northwest D.C. Authorities said they arrived at the 5700 block of Georgia Avenue, NW. around 7:10 p.m. Police said they found Donald Stephen Johnson Jr., 45, injured from gunfire behind Emery Recreation Center. Johnson was transported to an area hospital where he later died.
Police said they are searching for suspect Herman Lee Cook Jr. pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with second-degree murder while armed. Police described Cook as, “. . . a black male, 5’8” tall, 250 pounds, with brown eyes, medium complexion, and black hair (balding on top).” Authorities said he is considered armed and dangerous.
Aquita Brown, spokesperson for the police department, told the AFRO Aug. 15 that no arrests have been made in any of the three murders.
According to the police, there have been a total of 85 homicides in D.C. as of Aug. 17, a 10 percent decline from the same time a year ago. Data shows that there have been two homicides on V Street Southeast, one homicide in the immediate area of Mount Olivet Road Northeast and three homicides on Georgia Avenue Northwest in 2016.