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Homicide in the 700 block of Harvard Street, NW

Thursday, November 26, 2009
A 31-year-old man was fatally shot.

Detectives assigned to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are currently investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 700 block of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>Harvard Street, NW.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

At approximately 5:40 am on Thursday, November 26, 2009, officers from the Third District responded to the sounds of gunshots that were detected by ShotSpotter in the 700 block of Harvard Street, NW. While responding to that block, officers were flagged down and advised that several subjects had been shot inside a residence in the 700 block of Harvard Street, NW.  Three adult males were found suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Personnel from the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department also responded to the scene. The victims were transported to area hospitals, where two of the victims were being treated for apparent non-life threatening injuries. Their identities are being withheld at this time due to the fact that they are potential witnesses in this case.

The third victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 7:44 am. The decedent has been identified as 31-year-old Jose Rene Rodriguez Guterrez of the 3600 block of 16th Street NW. His body will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia.

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 responsible 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 Crime Solvers leads to an arrest and indictment, that caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.