Shooting at SE Complex Kills 1, Injures 2

By Nikita Stewart
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 7, 2008

A shooting outside an apartment complex in Southeast Washington late Friday left a 41-year-old woman dead and two other women injured.

Melody B. Williams was pronounced dead at a hospital about 12:13 a.m. yesterday, an hour after District police responded to a report of gunshots in the 3000 block of Stanton Road.

When police arrived, they found the three women, who had all been shot. They were taken to a hospital, according to Officer Josue Aldiva, a police spokesman.

Police withheld the names of the injured women because they are potential witnesses. Aldiva could provide no information on a possible motive for the shootings or about whether the three women knew each other.

Williams lived in the apartment complex, Stanton Glenn, which has almost 400 units on Stanton Avenue off Suitland Parkway. Her family declined to be interviewed.

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) said police told him that Williams had been shot in the neck. "They have some leads," he said.

Barry, who has been trying to bring attention to the connection between crime and poverty, said he wants Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and police Chief Cathy L. Lanier to "look at this most comprehensively."

According to the most recent police statistics, homicides and other violent crimes are down in Ward 8, but Barry said he remains worried about public safety there.

"I'm always concerned," he said. "If there's one shooting, I'm concerned."

Anyone with information about Friday night's shooting is asked to call police at 202-727-9099 or 888-919-CRIME.

The police department offers a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person wanted in a homicide.

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