A 32-year-old District man was fatally shot and seven others suffered gunshot wounds early Saturday a few blocks from a rapidly gentrifying area on the border of Shaw and Bloomingdale, police said.
Police identified the homicide victim as Algernon Harvey Jones, of Southeast.
Seven additional people — six men and one woman — had non-life-threatening injuries.
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham issued a warning to the assailants, who remained at large by early Saturday evening.
“This kind of reckless disregard for human life won’t be tolerated in D.C. To those responsible: we will find you and bring you to justice,” he said in a tweet Saturday.
The shooting occurred around 1 a.m. at a red brick apartment complex in the 100 block of Q Street NW, police said.
Officers responded to reports of gunshots and found an unconscious man shot multiple times lying in a grassy courtyard where a large group of young people had been gathered.
Calls to police and tips from people in the area helped officers find the other victims.
Five of the victims left the scene when police arrived and attempted to drive themselves to various hospitals, according to the incident report.
Police are searching for two black males wearing dark clothing who were last seen fleeing the scene in a dark-colored sedan with heavily tinted windows, heading eastbound on Q Street. The shooting remains under investigation.
William FitzGerald, the commander of the D.C. police district where the shooting occurred, declined to comment on the motive for the shooting, the number of shots fired or if any weapons were recovered.
The police department and property management companies “could do a better job erasing some of the conditions that lead up to these [shootings],” he told reporters Saturday afternoon. “But at the end of the day it all goes back to who did the shooting, and to wound that many people is just heartless, callous.”
FitzGerald asked for residents’ help in locating the gunmen.
“Don’t let people that do these things take over the city,” he said.