A 1-year-old boy who was shot and wounded last week in a Northeast Washington alley was struck during a shootout between three men who were arguing over a craps game, according to court documents made public Wednesday.
Derrick Damon Watson, 39, was charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon in the July 10 shooting, which was captured on surveillance video. Police have publicly identified a second suspect and said they are searching for a third man.
The shooting, which occurred in the 1300 block of I Street NE, left the toddler with three non-life-threatening bullet wounds to his right upper buttocks, his right thigh and the right side of his hip, according to court charging documents.
Watson was arrested Tuesday. At his first court hearing Wednesday, a judge ordered him to remain in jail until his next hearing, July 25.
According to an arrest warrant filed with D.C. Superior Court, Watson and another man got into an argument following a game of dice just before 9 p.m. A witness told police the other man left the area after the argument and returned minutes later with a third person. At that point, according to the documents, Watson and the two men got into a gunfight.
The witness told police that at one point, Watson crouched between several vehicles, rose and fired several shots.
Police said the wounded child was among bystanders. The little boy was hospitalized overnight at Children’s National Medical Center and released to his family the following day.
Court documents say Watson had prior arrests in the same neighborhood for “disorderly” playing craps and drug charges.
Detectives spent days trying to identify the shooters, canvassing the neighborhood. The shooting happened near the Wylie Court Condominiums, one block from the Trinidad neighborhood and just off the H Street entertainment corridor.
Authorities said Tuesday that they have a warrant for another man, Saheed Aluwatoyin Washington Sulu, 27, of Southeast in connection with the shooting. They also asked for the public’s help in identifying a third person from the surveillance video whom they also think was involved.
Peter Hermann contributed to this report.