Three killed in weekend outbreak of violence in Southeast D.C.

Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, March 5, 2011; 7:57 PM

Three people were killed in Southeast Washington late Friday and early Saturday, bringing the city's homicide total to 18 for the year.

Three homicides in a single night "is a large number" and unusual for D.C police, Lt. Robert Alder said. But Alder said the one-day spike in violence does not necessarily bespeak a larger trend. "Just a bad night," he said.

Prince George's County, by comparison, has recorded 20 homicides this year.

Police found the first victim minutes before midnight in the apartment where she lived in the 3000 block of Nelson Place. She had been stabbed multiple times. She was identified as Selina Knight, 36. Knight and her attacker "may have known each other," Alder said.

In the second case, police went to a home in the 4700 block of B Street about 3:25 a.m. and found Vanessa McGee, 36, with a single gunshot to the upper body, Alder said. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Ronald Pickett, 26, McGee's boyfriend, was arrested about 11:30 a.m. and charged with second-degree murder while armed, Alder said.

The third case took police to an alley in the 3100 block of Buena Vista Terrace about 3:30 a.m. There they found a victim with multiple gunshot wounds, Alder said. Henry Kelly, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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