A man is in critical condition after being shot multiple times by an unknown gunman Tuesday afternoon in Washington, D.C.
Police are searching for a black man with tattoos on his face and arms in dark clothing. Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) responded to a call of a shooting at roughly 1:52 p.m. EST at the Vistas Apartments on Elvans Road in Southeast, D.C., near Barry Farm. Authorities took the victim to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition, reports WJLA.
The shooting comes on the heels of labor day violence in the District that left one dead. DC Fire and EMS responded to a reported stabbing Monday afternoon at 5:21 p.m. and found an adult male with multiple stab wounds. (RELATED: DC Police Chief Fed Up With Criminal Revolving Door, Lack Of Action)
Authorities rushed 24-year-old Juston Richardson to a hospital where he died from his injuries. Police said the suspect is a black male in his 30s with a medium build, a beard and dreads.
The homicide rate in the District spiked 54 percent in 2015, and is only 13 percent lower so far this year. Homicides have tripled in Ward 7. D.C. is suffering a violent year overall, with 94 homicides across the city. The alarming surge in homicides is down from the shocking numbers in 2015, but is still historically high. There were a total of 105 homicides in 2014 and 88 in 2012.
Outgoing Police Chief Cathy Lanier blasted the state of the criminal justice system in D.C. in an interview Monday, expressing frustration with what many see as a revolving door for offenders, which puts violent criminals back on the streets.
“The criminal justice system in this city is broken,” Lanier told The Washington Post. “You can’t police the city if the rest of the justice system is not accountable.”
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