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Georgia Avenue shooting victim was Capitol Heights man

District police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting Saturday night near Howard University.

Keenan Jerel Lee, 20, was shot shortly after 10 p.m. on Georgia Avenue NW near W Street.

Lee, of Capitol Heights, was in a street altercation before the shooting, said D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) and a law enforcement source.

The dispute was between Lee and another individual over a “girl-related problem,” Graham said. Witnesses said Lee struck the shooter before he was shot, the source indicated.

“The guy just pulled a gun,” Graham said. “You gotta be careful who you punch. You don’t know who’s got a gun in their pocket.”

The shooting occurred near Howard’s campus as the university celebrated its homecoming with a Saturday afternoon football game and an elaborate series of other events. Police blocked off streets around the campus, including Georgia Avenue, for festivities that attract students, alumni and others not affiliated with the university.

A university spokeswoman said no Howard students or personnel were involved in the shooting.

Police have not identified a suspect.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.


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