Man Arrested in Fatal Shooting on U Street

By Allan Lengel
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A 51-year-old man was shot to death yesterday afternoon on the popular entertainment strip of U Street NW, D.C. police said.

A gunman shot the victim at least once outside a 7-Eleven convenience store at U and 12th streets shortly after 3:30 p.m., police said.

It was unclear whether the men knew each other, but police said the shooting might have resulted from an argument. Witnesses pointed out the suspect to police, who arrested him a short time later in the 1800 block of 13th Street NW, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as Adane Kebede, 51, of Oakland, Calif., was charged with second-degree murder while armed.

The gunshot victim, Abiy Bezabih of the 7600 block of Maple Avenue in Takoma Park, was pronounced dead at Howard University Hospital about a half-hour after the shooting. He was shot in the upper body, police said.

"It was a crowded area on U Street. This is unbelievable," said D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1).

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