A 25-year-old Northeast Washington man has been arrested in the shooting of a Catholic University student during a weekend party near the campus, police said yesterday.
Albert Lee Booth, of the 700 block of 11th Street NE, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in the shooting, which occurred about 4:30 a.m. Sunday outside a house in the 1000 block of Newton Street NE. Five hours earlier, a 58-year-old man was fatally shot during a robbery in the same neighborhood, and police said they are investigating whether the incidents are related.
Police said the trouble on Newton Street began after Booth and two friends crashed a party at the house. Booth was asked to leave, and during an altercation outside, he shot the 21-year-old student in the abdomen, police said. The student was treated at a hospital and released.
Within a day of the shooting, police focused on Booth, investigators said. A person at the party had taken a photograph of Booth, police and students said.
Police arrested Booth about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday on a warrant charging him in a robbery that occurred Oct. 9 in the 4900 block of Sargent Road NE, police said. Police said Booth crashed a party and then robbed and pistol-whipped a man.
After questioning him, authorities charged Booth yesterday in the student's shooting, police said. He remained in custody pending a court hearing today.
Authorities said they have no evidence linking the student's shooting to the earlier slaying. But the possibility remains under investigation because the incidents occurred hours apart in the same area.
In the other attack, George F. Longshore of Elkins Park, Pa., was fatally shot about 11 p.m. during a robbery near 14th and Quincy streets NE.
Longshore was accosted by at least two people after leaving a wedding reception at St. Francis Hall at the Franciscan Monastery. Longshore's wife, daughter and son-in-law were pistol-whipped.
Neighborhood residents plan to meet at the monastery, 1340 Quincy St. NE, at 6:30 p.m. today to talk about the recent crimes.