At approximately 1:44 on the morning of Saturday, July 1, 2006, police were called to the front of 4119 Gault Place, NE, for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival they located 23-year-old Francis E. Watkins, of the 1700 block of Benning Road, NE, suffering from apparent multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He was taken to the Howard University Hospital and pronounced dead.
The case is under investigation by members of the department's Violent Crimes Branch. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099.
The department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.