The statement came hours after police officials identified Wilson and Andrew Davon Allen as people of interest in the case.
“We’re trying to locate and interview two people we believe have information on the case,” Cmdr. George Kucik told reporters outside D.C. police headquarters in the afternoon.“We’re looking to see if anyone knows where they might be.”
Kucik had a message for the men: “Reach out to us. Come in and talk to us.”
Five hours later, police announced the arrest warrant for Wilson but did not release details or why they considered Wilson a suspect.
Police also said they had located one of the two vehicles used in the shooting, which occurred about 2:10 a.m. on North Capitol Street, just off New York Avenue in front of an apartment complex called Tyler House.
Police haven’t found the other vehicle, Kucik said, described as a dark blue or black 1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK 320 coupe with D.C. license plates EF7810. Police have posted a $10,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Most of the victims suffered minor wounds to their legs and arms, though one was struck in the lower back and critically injured.
The number of victims startled a city in which gun violence has been dropping. It occurred at the edge of a neighborhood transitioning into a gentrified district of condos, retail stores and offices. A name given by developers, NoMa, short for north of Massachusetts Avenue, has stuck.
But Monday’s violence and the fact that several victims, including three sisters, had just emerged from a mega-nightclub ignited old discussions over gentrification. A D.C. Council member proclaimed the area’s clubs, which existed before the latest burst of redevelopment, to be incompatible with the changing area, while a police commander pointed at crime from Tyler House, a subsidized tower of apartments.
Police have not described a motive, and they said little about the case Thursday. Authorities have indicated that they are looking into whether a dispute at the club precipitated the violence, or whether the incident is tied to long-standing beefs between neighborhood crews from Tyler House and those on the other side of New York Avenue in Truxton Circle.
“There’s a lot to do in this case,” Kucik said. “We’re getting there.”