Gunshot victim Andrew Jerome Sellers probably wishes he had been taken to another hospital.
Sellers flagged down a D.C. police officer early yesterday morning and said he had been shot in the left arm in a struggle with three persons who were trying to rob him. Shortly after, while the officer was still at Howard University Hospital with Sellers, the three who allegedly accosted Sellers came in. One of them was suffering from gunshot wounds.
That man died, and in a strange turn of events, Sellers was charged with second-degree murder.
The identity of the 27-year-old man who was pronounced dead about 3:30 a.m. has not been released until his family is notified.
Sellers, 18, of 118 Bates St. NW, had been found by 3rd District Officer Lupercio Rivera shortly before 1 a.m. in the 2300 block of Georgia Avenue NW.
He told police he had been shot behind Celebrity Hall, a popular and controversial go-go club at 3401 Georgia Ave. NW, which has been the site of numerous recent shootings and stabbings.
Sellers told police that he was behind the dance hall when three persons forced him into a 1978 Chevrolet Nova in an effort to rob him at gunpoint. Sellers allegedly pulled out his own gun, shots were fired and he fled from the car.
Police said they have no evidence to link the incident with other attacks that have occurred in the last two months at Celebrity Hall, which was closed at the time of the shooting.
A tape recording on the club's telephone answering machine said yesterday that management had implemented an adults-only policy, which requires patrons to show an identification card indicating they are 18 or older before they are admitted.
Two of the persons who allegedly tried to rob Sellers -- Ferinda Robinson, 24, of 1559 45th St. NE, and Anthony Reynolds, 19, of 4506 Quarles St. NE -- were charged with assault with intent to rob while armed.