D.C. police this week arrested two suspects in a Sunday night shooting in July that wounded three men near an outdoor basketball court at recreation center in Northeast Washington. Police said the gunmen fired from a high school running track.
TaQuan Turner, 19, of Hyattsville, and Robert Hardy, 26, of Northeast Washington were each charged with assault with intent to kill. Turner was arrested Wednesday and was ordered detained until a preliminary hearing Sept. 10 in D.C. Superior Court. Hardy has not had his initial court appearance.
The shooting occurred July 13 about 9:10 p.m. in the 1700 block of Lincoln Road NE on the grounds of the Harry Thomas Recreation Center, adjacent to McKinley Technical High School. It’s near Rhode Island Avenue and North Capitol Street.
A witness told police that two men climbed a fence and walked across the recreation center grounds, pointed guns at a group on the basketball courts and opened fire. One had a tattoo of “kissing lips” on the right side of his neck.
An arrest affidavit filed in D.C. Superior Court says that one victim was struck three times in the back and taken to a hospital trauma unit, from which he was treated and released. Another man was struck in the left leg and the third was hit in the left leg and left arm, according to the court document.
Police said they retrieved 13 spent shell casings from the McKinley Technical High School running track, which abuts the basketball courts. Police did not provide any motive for the attack.