D.C. man fatally shot in Northeast identified

The man who was fatally shot Thursday afternoon in Northeast Washington has been identified as a 31-year-old whose last known address was in the same River Terrace neighborhood in which he was slain, according to D.C. police.

Anthony Antonio Watts was pronounced dead at the scene, steps from the 3600 block of Benning Road, a major thoroughfare near the Anacostia Freeway that was briefly shut down during the police investigation.

James Cohen, a 64-year-old who grew up in the community, said he heard the shots from a nearby front porch and rushed to see Watts lying on his back in the street with at least two bullet wounds to his head.

Cohen said Watts, who was known as “Buck,” had been in and out of trouble with police for years. That was confirmed from his court record, which shows several convictions involving drugs but nothing involving violence.

D.C. police have not ascribed a motive to the shooting but said they were looking for a black Toyota Camry with tinted windows and Pennsylvania license plates. Police said it was seen speeding away from the scene with two occupants and getting on the Anacostia Freeway.

Cohen said Watts grew up in River Terrace but thought he lived elsewhere in the past few years. But he said Watts returned the neighborhood virtually every day to hang out.

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