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Fatal Shooting on Georgia Avenue, NW

Sunday, November 8, 2009
Police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the murder of 51-year-old Rufina Hernandez.

Detectives assigned to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting committed during an armed robbery of La Casa De Morata Liquor store, located in the 5400 block of Georgia Avenue, NW.
At around 9 pm on Saturday, November 7, 2009, officers assigned to the Fourth District responded to La Casa De Morata , located at 5421 Georgia Avenue, NW, to investigate the report of a shooting.  Upon arrival, they located an adult female employee suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the face and neck inside of the business establishment.  DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim to the Washington Hospital Center’s MedSTAR Unit where she was pronounced dead.  The victim has been identified as 51-year-old Rufina Hernandez of Hyattsville, Maryland.
Reportedly, two suspects, at least one of whom was armed with a handgun, robbed the business establishment at gunpoint.  After obtaining an undetermined amount of US currency, one of the suspects then shot the employee before the culprits fled from the store. 

  • Suspect #1 is described as a medium complexioned black male, 30 – 40 years of age, 5’8” tall, weighing 160 –200 pounds, wearing a flannel shirt, armed with a black handgun. 
  • Suspect #2 is described as a dark complexioned Hispanic male, 30 - 40 years of age, 6’0” in height with a thin build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.  

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIM[E] (1-888-919-2746).
The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.
Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to DC CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS and to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. If the information provided by the caller to the Crime Solvers Unit leads to an arrest and indictment, that caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.