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Police arrest man in fatal shooting near U Street corridor

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A Maryland man who was fatally shot Sunday afternoon near the U Street corridor was targeted in a robbery during a meeting with two men, according to D.C. police.

Newly filed court documents describe a wild shootout that also left the suspect wounded. Police said they found marijuana in the suspect’s apartment on the same block as the killing, which occurred about 4:15 p.m. in the 1400 block of W Street NW.

Authorities identified the victim as Christopher Payne, 28, of Bowie, Md. Police said he was shot in the head and died at the scene. The court documents say his child was in a vehicle steps from where the gunfire began.

Duan Garmany, 21, of Northwest Washington was charged with first-degree murder while armed. Police said his left leg was wounded. Police are searching for another person involved in the shootout.

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An arrest affidavit filed in D.C. Superior Court says Payne feared he was going to be robbed during the meeting with two men and brought along a friend, who sat in the passenger seat of the vehicle. They were directed to an alley between the 1400 blocks of W and V streets.

The passenger told police that Payne got out and argued with one of the men. He said it appeared that man tried to grab Payne’s Gucci bag. The passenger said he heard Payne say “that his child was in the car,” the affidavit says.

Police allege Garmany pointed a gun at Payne, who fought back. The passenger told police he got out of the vehicle with his gun. He said Payne ran, and the man who tried to rob him chased him, shooting along way. The arrest affidavit says Garmany exchanged gunfire with the passenger. He was found by police wounded and sitting on steps on W Street.

The passenger drove to Maryland, where he was detained. He has not been charged in the shooting. The man who police said chased Payne has not yet been arrested.

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