Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced today an arrest has been made in the double homicide that occurred on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 in the 1200 block of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>5th Street, NE.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
“I applaud MPD’s swift work in apprehending the suspect of this egregious crime,” said Mayor Fenty. “My condolences go out to the family and friends of the victims. We work hard to ensure the safety of our businesses in the Farmer’s Market.”
Today at approximately 6:30 am members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 25-year-old Christian Taylor of Southwest, DC charging him with two counts of First Degree Felony Murder While Armed in connection with the shooting deaths of 32-year-old Li-Jen Chih and 59-year-old Ming-Kun Chih.
The apparent motive in this case is robbery of the establishment.
“I promised to put everything the Department had in finding those responsible for this horrific crime,” said Chief Lanier. “I am pleased that we were able to close this case as quickly as we did.”
On Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at approximately 3:05 pm, Fifth District Officers responded to the 1200 Block of 5th Street, NE, to investigate the report of a shooting. When police arrived, they found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. One victim died at the scene. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Service personnel responded to the scene and transported the other victim to an area hospital where he was admitted in grave condition and later succumbed to his injuries.
The victim who died at the scene is identified as 32-year-old Li-Jen Chih of the 1600 block of 8th Street, NW. The victim who died at the hospital is identified as 59-year-old Ming-Kun Chih of the unit block of Symphony Woods Court, Silver Spring, Md.