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Multiple Shooting Incidents in the Seventh District

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Nine people were shot and four people have died of their injuries.

Detectives assigned to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch assisted by Seventh District detectives are investigating multiple shooting incidents that resulted in four fatalities, which occurred in the 4000 block of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>South Capitol Street, SE and in the unit block of Galveston Street, SW on the evening of March 30, 2010. A total of nine people were shot, six males and three females. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

At approximately 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, officers assigned to the Seventh District responded to two calls for service, the first to investigate reports of the sounds of gunfire in the unit block of Galveston Street SW, and the second for reports of multiple shooting victims at South Capitol and Brandywine Streets, SE.

On Galveston Street, SW, officers located a male shooting victim.  This victim, who has been identified as 17-year-old Tavon Nelson, was transported by Emergency Medical Services personnel to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.   

Officers who responded to South Capitol and Brandywine Streets, SE, where eight gunshot victims were located, observed a vehicle fleeing the area and initiated a vehicular pursuit while other officers managed the crime scene. The vehicular pursuit, with helicopter assistance from the Air Support Unit proceeded through DC, into Prince George’s County, Maryland, and back into the District. 

During the pursuit of the vehicle, an assault rifle was thrown from the vehicle, and subsequently recovered by Metropolitan Police officers in the 2200 block of Savannah Street, SE.  The pursuit continued to the area of Yuma and Atlantic Streets, SE, where the vehicle crashed and four suspects fled on foot.  Numerous Metropolitan Police officers pursued the suspects on foot, resulting in the detention of three of the four suspects. All three defendants, who reside in Southeast Washington, DC, have been charged with First Degree Murder While Armed. 

They have been identified as 26-year-old Nathaniel Dwight Simms, 20-year-old Orlando Carter, and a 14-year-old male whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile. Simms and Carter were arraigned in DC Superior Court and the juvenile was brought to Family Court on Wednesday, March 31, 2010. The search for the fourth suspect is ongoing.

DC Fire and Emergency Medical Service Department personnel transported multiple victims from the scene on South Capitol and Brandywine Streets, SE to various local hospitals. 

The decedents in this incident have been identified as 19-year-old William Jones, III, 16-year-old Ms. Brishell Jones, and 18-year-old Mr. Devaughn Boyd.

The five surviving victims were transported to various hospitals for treatment. Their identities are being withheld because they are witnesses in the case.

“This is a horrible, senseless tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and neighbors of the victims,” said Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. “We commend our first responders for their swift action that saved the lives of several victims and lead to the arrest of three of the suspects this case. Police will work around the clock to ensure this case is brought to closure.”

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said, “We have made arrests in this case, but there is still another suspect at large. We need members of the community to come forward and provide additional information.”

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 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.

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.