Man is fatally shot near SE D.C. rec center

January 15, 2014

A man was found shot and critically wounded near a recreation center in Southeast Washington on Wednesday afternoon, D.C. police said.

The “brazen” daylight shooting happened about 3:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Yuma Street SE, near the Ferebee-Hope recreation center in the Washington Highlands neighborhood, Chief Cathy L. Lanier said during a press conference at the scene. No children were outside when the shots were fired, she said.

The victim, who police found on the street, was believed to be in his late teens. He was unconscious when found and was taken to a hospital in critical condition, officials said.

Wednesday night, D.C. police identified the victim as Vincent Purvis, 20, of Southeast Washington.

Investigators knew of no motive for the shooting, Lanier said, but authorities were looking for four black males who were seen in a silver car fleeing the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 202-727-9099.

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Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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