D.C. police and Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) asked for the public’s help Sunday in solving a Saturday night triple homicide, gathering in the Southeast neighborhood where the shootings occurred to draw attention to the case.
Police identified the victims as Sean Shuler, 26, of Capitol Heights, Md., Tyrik Hagood, 24, of Northeast and Javon Abney, 26, of Southeast.
According to authorities, the men were found shortly after 10 p.m., all had multiple gunshot wounds. Two of the victims were in a vehicle, and the third was found about 40 yards away.
“Today we are once again asking for the community’s assistance,” Bowser said at a news conference near the scene of the crime in the 1500 block of Fort Davis Place Southeast. “We have had too many gun crimes at the start of 2019 and already too many lives lost.
“We know that at least in some of these cases, the violence is being caused by people seeking retaliation, and so we know that ending the violence is going to take more than just the efforts of [police],” Bowser said.
Police said witnesses reported hearing gunshots. Authorities were looking for two men in a dark blue or black sedan that was spotted driving toward Alabama Avenue. One of the men was said to possibly be wearing a red hoodie.
Bowser said police were searching the neighborhood and would maintain their presence there Monday.
Police Chief Peter Newsham said the shooting was not believed to be random.
He said a handgun, drugs and ammunition were found inside the vehicle where two of the victims were found, but he would not say what connection the three victims may have had to one another. They did not appear to have neighborhood ties, however.
“This is a very quiet residential neighborhood,” Newsham said. “It is not clear what the victims were doing in this block last night before the shooting.”
Newsham expressed frustration that the District’s recent increase in violence had reached what he described as a typically quiet neighborhood in far Southeast, near the Maryland border.
“This is a neighborhood where this type of violence does not occur,” he said.
“Many seniors live out here in this community,” Newsham added. The fact that those seniors had to be disrupted, their peace had to be disrupted by multiple gunshots in our community, is something we all need to get a handle on.”
There was also a killing Saturday afternoon in Northeast. Police identified that victim as 59-year-old Kevin Jerome Harrison of Northeast.
Authorities said just after 3:30 p.m., officers were sent to the 4100 block of Hayes Street NE, where they found Harrison lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his torso.
Police said there was no description of a possible suspect in the case.