Another Homicide Adds to Violent Death Toll in Southeast D.C.

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A Southeast woman died on July 21 after being shot in the head several months ago, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Authorities said 42-year-old Yashika Green, who was a Southeast resident, was shot on March 1 in the 200 block of Wayne Place, SE around 12:30 a.m.

Police said they received an early morning report for a shooting in the residential area of Wayne Place, SE on March 1. Police arrived to the crime scene and found Green inside of an apartment suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, according to police reports.

She was taken to a local hospital and admitted in critical condition, police said.

On July 21, Green died from her injuries, police reported. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the victim’s death as a homicide on July 22.

According to police reports, a handgun was the weapon involved in the fatal shooting.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department, Karimah Bilal, told the AFRO on July 24 that there is currently no suspect. “No arrests have been made and this case remains under investigation,” she said.

“This needs to stop,” Ward 8 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Paul Trantham told the AFRO on July 25.

Even though city-wide crime is down, there have been 27 homicides in Ward 8 as of July 25, nearly a 23 percent increase from last year, according to D.C. police data.

Trantham said there is gunfire in community neighborhoods like Woodland all day, every day, “Southeast is known for gun violence,” he said.

The commissioner said he wants D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Chief of Police to do more to combat crime in the area.

“The question is how come we still have gun violence in Southeast more than any parts in the city…We still faced with the same ol’ violence,” he said.