Man found in burning apartment had been shot, D.C. police say

July 26, 2013

District police are investigating the Friday morning death of a 31-year-old man who was found shot in his burning apartment in Northwest Washington, according to authorities. Police said the victim’s Mercedes is missing.

The man, identified as Randolph Scott Harris Jr., died shortly after arriving at an area hospital, fire officials said. A D.C. police spokesman said it was not immediately clear whether the man died of the gunshot wound or as a result of the fire.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death. D.C.police have classified the case as a homicide.

Officials sid the fire was reported about 6:20 a.m. in a second-floor apartment of a building in the 1000 block of Euclid St. NW, just east of Columbia Heights.

Authorities said firefighters forced their way into the apartment and pulled the man into a hallway. Police said he had suffered from burns and gunshot wounds.

Police said Harris drove a silver 2006 four-door Mercedes sport utility vehicle, which was not parked in front of his apartment building when police arrived. Anyone with information about the car or the killing is urged to call police at 202-727-9099 or text the department’s tip line at 50411.

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

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