Police Hunt For Shooter After Man Murdered In NW DC

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Police are searching for an unidentified individual after a shooting left a man dead in northwest Washington, D.C., near the campus of Howard University.

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. Police found Seth Rich, 27, a resident from northwest D.C., conscious and breathing with multiple gunshot wounds, according to an MPD statement.

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

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, reports WJLA.

D.C. is suffering a violent year, with more than 67 confirmed homicides across the city. The District experienced a staggering 53 percent spike in the murder rate in 2015, the highest rate in eight years. The alarming spike in homicides is spilling into 2016, tracking closely with last year’s figures. (RELATED: Man Dead After Shootout With DC Metro Police Outside Station)

Much of the violence stems from Wards 6 and 7, which are dwarfing 2015 crime statistics so far this year. Rattled residents in Ward 7 are witnessing a spike in the homicide rate compared to 2015, accounting for nearly half of all homicides in the District this year.

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