A 26-year-old man was shot and killed and another man wounded late Friday in a drive-by shooting in Northeast Washington, police said.
Less than a month ago, a man was shot and killed near the scene, and residents said yesterday that gunfire in their neighborhood is common, fueled by drug dealing.
The latest violence unfolded about 10:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Isherwood Street NE, Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman, said yesterday.
A burst of gunfire flashed from a blue minivan coming down Isherwood, Gentile said, and one man was struck in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The second man, 43, was shot and wounded and was taken to a hospital, Gentile said.
The slain man, whose name had not been released by police, lived on Isherwood and was standing in front of a house several doors away from his own, according to residents who saw the aftermath of the shooting.
Down the street, the dead man's 26-year-old girlfriend was at home, where the man lived with her and her roommate.
She heard gunfire, she said in an interview yesterday, but at first had no idea her boyfriend had been shot. Then a friend came by and told her about the shooting and that her boyfriend was dead. "I didn't believe him," she said. "The police wouldn't even let me see his body. The only thing they let me see was his ID."
During the Nationals' inaugural season, she said, her boyfriend worked at the team store at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and was looking forward to returning for the upcoming season.
"He was happy," she said about the team's arrival and the jobs it had brought to the community.
She apparently shared his enthusiasm for the Nats. Around her neck, she wore a Nationals pendant, and hanging from her pocket was a Nationals lanyard.
Asked why her boyfriend might have been shot, she said she did not think the gunfire was meant for him. "I'm thinking it was someone else who was targeted," she said.
Drugs, which seem to drive so much neighborhood violence, were not part of his life, she said. "He's not involved in drug dealing," she added. "He doesn't have a record. He doesn't do stuff like that."
Police asked anyone with information about the case to call 202-727-9099. A reward of up to $25,000 is available to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a homicide in the District.