By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor,

Seventy-six people have been killed in the District of Columbia in 2019, according to D.C. Witness.  This time last year there had been 72 homicides.

Last week, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser exhorted residents to stop the violence and encouraged federal lawmakers to consider legislation for gun control.

“We need more from our federal government than thoughts and prayers: We need universal background checks on every gun purchase,” Bowser wrote on Twitter.

There were two double shootings in Southeast in Washington, D.C., which led to two fatalities, including Arkeem Jackson, 30. (Courtesy Photo)

Despite the mayor’s requests, over the weekend two more District residents were victims of gun violence.

In the wee hours of June 16, Arkeem Jackson, 30, was killed on the 4300 block of 4th Street Southeast, D.C.

“At approximately 1:15 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim, unconscious and not breathing, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds,” the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) reported.  

In addition to Jackson, a woman was shot at the time in the leg and is expected to survive, according to NBC4 Washington.

There are no leads into the reason for the shooting and MPD is requesting any information and offering a $25,000 reward for anyone who helps solve the case.

The 4th Street S.E. shooting was the second double shooting in Southeast last weekend.

Richfield Chang, 37, and his girlfriend were shot in a Capitol Hill apartment on June 15.

Chang was killed and his girlfriend suffered from life-threatening injuries, but is expected to survive.

According to NBC4 Washington, his girlfriend said that the shooter was a friend, and that once they saw the gun they asked him to leave, but he opened fire instead.

NBC4 also reported that investigators found marijuana and $100,000 in cash in Chang’s apartment.


Micha Green

AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor