D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced the arrest of three men allegedly involved in a July 4 gun battle that resulted in one death and multiple injuries.
Through surveillance-camera footage and witness testimony, police were able to identify three men and charge them in the killing of Dwayne Gene Dillard, who was shot in the 2600 block of Douglass Place SE around 11 p.m. on the holiday. Authorities arrested Shakim Lyons, 23, of Southeast, Jonathon Taylor, 24, of Southeast and Harry Herbert, 27,and charged each with second-degree murder.
At a news conference, officials discussed a surveillance video that shows men holding guns and one of them firing across the street with bystanders nearby. According to court records, police recovered 52 bullet casings after what authorities called a reckless exchange of gunfire on a crowded street.
Four people were injured in the gunfire, including Lyons and Dillard. Earlier that night, a fight on that block involved at least one of those charged.
“This video shows multiple people with guns having a shootout in the middle of the street on the Fourth of July. That’s a big deal,” Lanier said. “Anybody that’s going to be that bold and take shots on a public street like that on the Fourth of July when there are kids out . . . we need to get them off the street.”
Lanier and Bowser (D) thanked the community for helping in the investigation, applauding residents for not fearing retribution for talking with police.
Police are still working to identify at least four others seen in the video, and they continue to try to find other possible suspects.
Court records show that a detective familiar with the area recognized Herbert from the video.
The police found Taylor through an Instagram picture in which he is wearing the same clothes as in the video.
In a separate case, Taylor is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Dexter Motley on 46th Place NE on Aug. 14, 2014, according to court documents.