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Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Police arrest suspect in 2011 shooting in Trinidad neighborhood; motive given as crew dispute

This post has been updated.

District police have arrested a 21-year-old man in a 2011 fatal shooting in Northeast Washington’s Trinidad neighborhood and have said in court documents that the motive was a dispute between rival street crews.

The suspect, Dwayne Hilton, of Northeast, was arrested after police caught him on surveillance video, and tapped phone calls between another suspect and his grandmother, according to charging documents filed in D.C. Superior Court. He is charged with first-degree murder while armed.

In addition, an unidentified police officer who has patrolled Trinidad for years recognized the man arrested as a man he’d seen play football and basketball, as well as being a member of one of the street crews.

The shooting occurred in November 2011 in front of the Circle 7 Express convenience store in the 1200 block of Mount Olivet Road NE. Police said 18-year-old Mico Briscoe was killed, and two others were wounded.

One man was grazed in the shoulder, and another was struck in the arm, according to authorities. Police said three bullets went through the jacket of another man, but did not strike him. Officers found the victims behind the store, and said in court documents that the area where the shooting occurred was littered with 19 spent shell casings.

Police said surveillance video from nearby stores showed the victims walking through a parking lot of Northeast Market when two men approached. One pulled something over his face and was holding what appeared to be a handgun in his right hand, the documents say. Another man was holding an object in his left hand.

After the shooting, police said the gunmen fled in vehicle.

Police said the victims were loosely affiliated with the “Trinidad Crew,” which was engaged in a dispute with the “E Street Bangaz.” Court documents said the two groups have “an extensive history of assaults ... and homicides.” Police said the suspect arrested is affiliated with the “E Street Bangaz.”

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