A path to mayhem

D.C. police say Tuesday's shooting of nine people in Southeast Washington might be connected to a shooting last week that involved a missing bracelet. Here is a summary of events as recounted by police and other sources:

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Sequence of Events

March 21

Jordan Howe, 20, attended a late-night gathering at an apartment in the 1300 block of Alabama Avenue SE. Sanquan Carter, 19, was among the people there. Carter removed his shirt and gold bracelet. His bracelet disappeared.

Early morning March 22

Carter began yelling at and patting down people in front of the Alabama Avenue building when a vehicle stopped there. He talked with someone in the vehicle, pulled out a handgun and began shooting in the direction of people in front of the building. A second person, who police suspect was his brother Orlando Carter, 20, got out of the vehicle and opened fire with an AK-47-style assault weapon, The vehicle drove off with the two Carters inside. Howe, in a vehicle parked outside the building, was fatally shot. Police think a third person, possibly armed with a shotgun, was also involved.

March 23

Sanquan Carter was arrested and charged with murder in Howe's death. Hours after the arrest, Orlando Carter was wounded by gunfire, which police say might have been retaliation for Howe's death.

Later in the week

Police sought an arrest warrant for Orlando Carter in the Howe homicide, but prosecutors declined. Police obtained a warrant to search Orlando Carter's Southeast Washington address for the assault weapon but did not find it. They also were unable to find Orlando Carter for questioning.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday

A gunman opened fire on a group of people in front of an apartment building at South Capitol and Brandywine streets, killing four of them.


Police charged Orlando Carter and Nathaniel Simms, 26, with first-degree murder in the Tuesday night shooting.

SOURCE: Staff reports | CREDITS: Photo by Gerald Martineau; Graphic by Bill Webster, Laris Karklis and Sisi Wei - The Washington Post, March 31, 2010.
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