The person fatally shot near a bus stop Wednesday night in Southeast Washington has been identified as a 17-year-old male, according to D.C. police. A 14-year-old girl was wounded in the arm in the same incident, according to authorities.
Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman, said Phillip Jones of Southeast suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jones last attended Anacostia High School last year, according to D.C. Public Schools spokeswoman Melissa Salmanowitz.
Jones was enrolled in the school’s twilight program, designed for those who are behind on credits, but he did not attend. Family members could not be reached Thursday to comment.
The girl was taken to a hospital with injuries described as minor. It was not immediately clear if the teenagers were together. Police had previously described the person who was killed as an adult.
Trayon White, a former D.C. State Board of Education member, said he was with Jones about five minutes before the shooting. Jones was on his way home from a basketball game where Ballou High was playing rival Anacostia High.
Jones, who mostly stayed to himself, was “always smiling” and teasing, said White, who considered himself a mentor to Jones. White said Jones had just been accepted into an employment program and was to start Jan. 26.
“He was going on the right track,” White said. “He wanted to do something better.”
The shooting occurred shortly before 8:30 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Randle Place in the Congress Heights neighborhood.
Police are looking for a teenage suspect. Officers in the area had responded to the location after hearing gunshots.
Michael Alison Chandler and Paulina Firozi contributed to this report.