By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
There are three more months in the year and yet in one evening, four men were killed surpassing the District’s homicide rate by three in 14 hours.
Before surpassing the homicide rate there was a shooting on Monday in Southeast, D.C. that left 23-year-old Damon Dickens of Woodbridge, Virginia dead. Police responded to the shooting at around 3:55 p.m. where they found Dickens suffering from gunshot wounds and he was later pronounced dead at an area hospital, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
DC police are looking for answers in the latest round of slayings to hit the city. (Courtesy photo)
Then in the evening police responded to a shooting on the 1800 block of Benning Road in Northeast, D.C. around 7:33 p.m., said the Metropolitan Police Department. WUSA9 reported the victim was conscious and breathing when police found him, but he was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. The victim has been identified as Marquiawn Williams, 25, of Northeast.
Also in Northeast, this time on 14th Street and Downing Place, at around 9:47 p.m., 47 year-old Ervin Aull, of no fixed address, was found suffering from gunshot wounds and later pronounced dead at an area hospital.
At about 2 a.m., again in Northeast, D.C., this time on the 6200 block of Eastern Avenue, a man was killed near a Shell gas station. As part of the investigation, police shut down a major commuter route on Eastern Avenue between Rittenhouse Street and New Hampshire Avenue. The shutdown lasted into the morning commute.
Police are looking for a light complexioned, Black male, wearing a white t-shirt, black jeans, black and white tennis shoes and a tan bucket hat.
116 homicides were reported in the District of Columbia in 2017. With three months left in the year, there have been 119 homicides in 2018.