Disagreement during marijuana deal sparked Shaw shooting, police say

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By Paul Duggan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 17, 2010

A shooting last week that left three men seriously wounded in the District's Shaw neighborhood was sparked by an argument over a marijuana deal involving the gunman and one of the victims, D.C. police said Wednesday.

The suspect, Herbert J. Arrington, 24, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with three counts of assault with intent to kill while armed, police said.

The incident occurred June 9 in the 800 block of V Street NW, a few blocks from Howard University.

Police said Arrington was selling marijuana to one of the victims in the back seat of a white Chevrolet Yukon when the two began arguing about the quality of the marijuana. Arrington allegedly pulled out a gun, shot the man with whom he was arguing, then shot two of the man's acquaintances, who were in the front seat.

Several off-duty D.C. police officers outside 9:30 club, a popular music venue nearby, heard gunshots about 7:40 p.m., Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes said at the time. The officers ran about two blocks to Eighth and V streets, where they found two of the victims. The third wounded man had scrambled out of the Yukon and fled to a nearby McDonald's, police said.

All three victims survived, police said.

One victim told detectives that the gunman, whom he knew only as "Chopper," climbed out the Yukon after the shooting and got in the front passenger seat of a nearby Chrysler 300, which then drove away.

Another of the victims gave detectives a cellphone number he had used to contact Arrington. Police said that number and others that turned up during the investigation eventually led to Arrington.

Two of the victims were separately shown photo arrays of nine mug shots, including a photo of Arrington, and each victim identified him as the gunman, police said.

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