Democratic National Committee Staffer Shot Dead In DC

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An employee of the Democratic National Committee is dead after an unidentified gunman shot him multiple times in northwest Washington, D.C.

Seth Rich, 27, a resident from northwest D.C., was the voter expansion data director for the DNC and served there for more than two years. Officers on patrol with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) responded to sounds of gunfire in Bloomingdale on the 2100 block of Flagler Place at 4:19 a.m. Monday. Police found Rich conscious and breathing with multiple gunshot wounds, according to an MPD statement.

Authorities transported Rich to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

“Our hearts are broken with the loss of one of our DNC family members over the weekend,” DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. “Seth Rich was a dedicated, selfless public servant who worked tirelessly to protect the most sacred right we share as Americans – the right to vote. He saw the great potential of our nation and believed that, together, we can make the world a better place.”

Photos from what appear to be Rich’s Facebook account show him with friends.

No arrests have been made and police have not released any information on a possible suspect. For any homicide in the District police offer a reward of $25,000 for information leading to the arrest or the prosecution of the perpetrator.

“He was a joy to have as a member of our team, and his talents, intelligence and enthusiasm will be deeply missed by the many friends, colleagues and coworkers who worked by his side in service to the highest ideals of our democracy,” Schultz said. “We send our deepest heartfelt sympathies to Seth’s family, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers as we try to pick up the pieces and carry on the work that was so important to Seth and to us.”


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