The victim of Monday’s shooting was identified as 52-year-old Everett King of Southeast.
The recent spate of fatal shootings dominated the mayor’s briefing Monday on the coronavirus, as she expressed frustration over the violence and demands to bring it under control.
“People are hurting when they see a child senselessly killed in our city and they want answers,” Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said, adding, “People want it just to stop.”
Referring to the killing of Davon, Bowser said, “I guarantee you when they find out what this is about, it’s going to be about nothing — it’s going to be about absolutely nothing.”
The mayor described Davon, a middle school student and star football player killed when gunfire erupted at the end of a violence-prevention cookout hosted by his mother — as a “bright, beautiful boy” who is dead because “somebody shot up his neighborhood.” She said his shooting is “not a game. It’s not a video. He’s not coming back. It’s real bullets. Real bullets kill children.”
She said when police arrived, the dying boy was in his mother’s arms.
Authorities urged anyone with any information about Davon’s killing in the 1400 block of Cedar Street SE, in the Fredrick Douglass Garden apartments, to come forward. Police have said only that a black sedan was seen speeding from the scene.
Davon’s mother, Crystal McNeal, works as a violence interrupter in the District, mediating disputes between rival crews to prevent shootings. Last year, she had negotiated a truce involving the Cedar Gardens crew, and the Fourth of July cookout was a trust-building exercise.
Delbert McFadden, the director of the District’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, which runs the violence interrupter program, said there is no apparent link between McNeal’s job and the shooting of her son.
During the mayor’s briefing, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham provided some new details about some other recent killings.
He said the fatal shooting Friday night of Jordyn Simmons, 20, of Hyattsville occurred during a dispute over the way someone parked in the 1900 block of 18th Street SE.
Newsham said two people opened fire on a vehicle and Simmons, who was inside the vehicle, was struck. The chief said she “was not the intended target of the shooting.”
The police chief said a 36-year-old Maryland man who was fatally shot Saturday night outside a McDonald’s in the Hill East neighborhood of Southeast Washington had been a patron at the restaurant when a disturbance broke out and fireworks were shot off inside.
Newsham said the victim, Antonio Gardiner of Oxon Hill, “went outside to see what was going on and he ended up getting shot.” The restaurant is in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE. The chief said detectives “anticipate we will bring this to a swift closure.”
The District has had 90 homicides this year, a 16 percent increase from this time in 2019, when slayings reached a decade high.