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The Metropolitan Police Department is still investigating the homicide of a Maryland resident in the District of Columbia, according to a department spokesperson.

Around 3 p.m. on March 1, D.C. police responded to a shooting in the 4200 block of 6th Street S.E., where they found Rudolph Garris, 25, a resident of Suitland, Maryland, suffering from gunshot wounds. According to the Washington Post, the shooting happened around two D.C. schools while children were present. Garris was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries, police said.

Police have identified 23-year-old Tavon “Juice” Stewart as a suspect in connection with the fatal shooting. An arrest warrant has been issued, charging Stewart with second-degree murder while armed.

Stewart is described as being “… 5’9” tall, weighing 150 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair, and medium complexion.”

The total homicides for 2015 in the District were 162, and as of March 16 there have been 21 homicides, a decrease of 5 percent compared to the same time last year. However, even though there seems to be a slight drop, residents in the metropolitan area weary of the violence.

“Police are trying to stop the crime, but they can’t control everything,” Jean Nana, 45, from Silver Spring, Maryland told the AFRO March 7.

Nana said authorities are doing a good job of decreasing crime in comparison to last year, but it is difficult for officers to control what happens where, because Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are so close together. “Someone who lives in D.C. could commit a crime in Maryland, and then run back to D.C.,” she said.