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Three killings hours apart in District continue spate of violence

D.C. police investigate a homicide. (Peter Hermann/The Washington Post)

Three people were killed in the District on Monday night and early Tuesday, pushing the city’s homicide count to 183 for the year, a 14 percent increase from this time in 2020.

The slayings continued a string of violence in the city, where another seven people have been killed since Thursday. Police have blamed the violence on illegal guns and simple arguments that escalate.

Police said one recent killing was the result of a domestic dispute and another an argument between neighbors in an apartment building. On Saturday, a 52-year-old woman was killed in a hail of 58 bullets fired outside the Mayfair Mansions apartments, where she lived in Northeast Washington. Police said they do not believe that woman, Angela White-Hooks, was the intended target.

Authorities in the District have struggled to curtail violence as gun crimes mount. Police have fewer officers and are calling for more accountability in the criminal justice system as members of the D.C. Council emphasize a public health approach to fighting crime.

About 8:30 p.m. Monday, police said, they were called to a shooting inside a building in the 4900 block of G Street SE, just off Benning Road near Marshall Heights, and found a woman fatally shot in a hallway. She was identified as Dametrics Evans, 47, of Southwest.

Police said they also found a man who had been shot inside an apartment. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that police described as critical and life-threatening.

Authorities said the shootings occurred during a dispute among neighbors. Shaun Tyree Brown, 21, of Southeast has been charged with first-degree murder while armed and assault with intent to kill. Efforts to reach relatives of Evans were not successful; a family friend said they did not want to talk.

About 10:30 p.m., police said, they found a man stabbed in the 1600 block of 18th Street SE, in the Fairlawn community near the Anacostia Freeway and Pennsylvania Avenue. Police said it appears two men stabbed each other, and one of them died. They said the men knew each other.

Authorities said the man who survived, 30-year-old Charles Haythe of Southeast, has been charged with second-degree murder while armed. Police identified the man who died as Aaron Langford, 26, of Southwest.

And shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday, police said officers found the body of Keon Bonner, 40, of Northeast, in an alley in the 1500 block of Ogden Street NW in Columbia Heights. Police said he had been fatally stabbed.

A woman who identified herself as Bonner’s grandmother said Tuesday that she did not want to comment.

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Emily Davies and Magda Jean-Louis contributed to this report.