D.C. police charge Southeast man in 2008 double homicide

December 29, 2011

A Southeast Washington man was arrested on murder charges Thursday in connection with a 2008 daylight shooting that left two men dead, one of them a 61-year-old crack user who apparently was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The shooting occurred just after 10 a.m. Aug. 14 that year in the abandoned Temple Courts public housing complex on K Street NW near North Capitol Street. The apparent target of the attack, JohnQuan D. Wright, 18, was hit by several bullets and died where he fell on a sidewalk in the complex, police said at the time.

The other victim, Nolan Cooper, a homeless petty criminal with a decades-long record of arrests, had spent most of that summer in jail on drug and assault charges. After being released on the morning of Aug. 14, he immediately went to Temple Courts, possibly to buy crack. Cooper was hit by what appeared to be stray gunfire, police said.

Homicide detectives arrested Arvel Crawford, 21, on Thursday morning and charged him with two counts of second-degree murder. Police did not disclose a suspected motive for the shooting.

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