Police said the shooting was one of three in the District on Tuesday night. Another man was shot in the arm and upper body in the Fairlawn neighborhood of Southeast Washington, and another was shot in a house in Shaw in Northwest Washington. Both of those victims survived.
The incident in Shaw happened before 3 a.m. in the 1300 block of Seventh Street NW, a block south of Kennedy Recreation Center. Police said the victim took himself to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his arm. No arrest has been made.
It was not immediately clear whether that shooting is related to several others in the Shaw neighborhood since Sept. 29, when a man was fatally shot. Two other people, including a teenage girl tying her shoe outside a grocery store at Eighth and P streets NW, were shot in separate attacks in Shaw over the weekend. Police described the girl as a bystander.
Later Sunday night, a man in a vehicle fired on another car as they sped up Sixth Street NW. No one was hit, police said. Community meetings to address the violence were scheduled in Shaw for Wednesday evening at the Watha T. Daniel Library and 6 p.m. Thursday at the United House of Prayer.
The shooting in Northeast Washington happened in the 5200 block of Sheriff Road, a popular gathering spot outside a small commercial strip that contains a barbershop called Nooks and a day-care center.
Earlier this year, a 17-year-old was shot in the back in that area when 40 or more bullets were sprayed in front of the barbershop in the middle of the afternoon.
In July, Dominic Robinson, 32, was shot and killed near Sheriff Road. He had been one of the central activists complaining about police and had testified at the council hearing. No arrest has been made.
Police did not comment on a possible motive in the latest shooting on Sheriff Road. A police report said the victim, identified as Kevin Eli Better, was found Tuesday in front of Nooks and was rushed unconscious to a hospital.
The victim’s mother, Monica Better, 45, said her son, who lives with her near Dupont Park in Southeast Washington, hung out on Sheriff Road with childhood friends. She said she did not think that her son took part in confrontations with police. He has no adult criminal record in the District. Better said he has two brothers, three sisters and a 2-year-old daughter.
Better said she worried about her son hanging out on Sheriff Road and called him frequently asking when he would come home. “He stays pretty much to himself,” she said. “He’s not the rowdy type.”
She said she talked with some people who were there during the shooting and that they told her “someone came through and started shooting at the area where he was standing. That’s all I know. I still need to get some answers.”
Better said doctors told her initial tests showed her son has no brain function, and he has been put on a breathing tube. She said that “as long as he’s got a pulse, and he’s got a heartbeat, I’m not giving up.”