D.C. police searching for the killers of a 28-year-old accountant who was fatally shot near his home in Capitol Hill on Christmas Eve are seeking the public’s help in identifying two men captured on video near the incident.
Police have indicated robbery as the motive in the slaying of Jason Anthony Emma, who was shot 13 times shortly after 2 a.m. on Dec. 24 as he sat in the front seat of his black Audi in the 1200 block of C. St., NE.
The video, which lasts only a few seconds, shows two men from the back. It was taken from atop the steps of the front entrance of a nearby elementary school. The men are walking by the school on the sidewalk. Police did not identify the school, but there is an elementary school about two blocks away, on Constitution Avenue NE. Its playground is visible through an alley from the shooting scene.
The video is the first public update in the investigation since the killing that rattled the neighborhood and prompted comments from the mayor seeking more police officers.
A friend and roommate of Emma has said the victim had just moved into the Capitol Hill rowhouse on Dec. 1, after having gone to college in Florida. He grew up in Arlington, where his parents still live and where he is being buried on Saturday.
He had moved to the District to take part in city life and join his lifelong friends from Virginia. His mother, father and brother have not made any public comments beyond a tribute on Facebook and some personal recollections published in a death notice in The Washington Post.
Authorities are offering a reward up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Anyone with information is urged to call D.C. police at 202-727-9099 or text the department’s tip line at 50411.