A 24-year-old southeast D.C. man was arrested in the shooting death last month of 18-year-old Deangelo Gatling.

The suspect, identified as David Washington, was arrested by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force on Friday.

According to charging documents released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Washington was armed with a firearm which he used to “purposely and with deliberate and premeditated malice” kill Gatling.

On Jan. 12, Gatling was chased down by a masked gunman and was about to take cover at a friend’s home when he was shot. Gatling was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the back at approximately 2 p.m. in the 2300 block of 24th Street Southeast and was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A witness later identified Washington as the masked gunman through an array of photos shown to him by police. Washington has been charged with first-degree murder, according to police.

Gatling’s family told NBC Washington, D.C. affiliate WRC-TV that he was studying to become an engineer and would rap in his spare time.

According to District of Columbia police, as of Feb. 11 there have been 15 homicides in the city this year.


Maria Adebola

Special to the AFRO