Police are hunting for suspects after a fatal shooting, a double shooting and a string of robberies that left residents rattled Halloween night in Washington, D.C.
Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) responded to reports of gun shots in a Southeast, D.C., neighborhood, around the time families began to trick or treat for the holiday. Police arrived at the Villages of Parklands apartments complex on Savannah Street SE at roughly 5:15 p.m. and found the unidentified man suffering from gunshot wounds, reports WJLA.
Witnesses told police the man parked a black, four-door Mercedes in the nearby Giant Supermarket parking lot and was walking to the apartments when he was gunned down. Police have no suspects but are looking for a small, four-door silver car, possibly a Honda Civic or Nissan Sentra.
A double shooting left two men injured in Northwest, D.C., on Fairmont Street near Howard University. The unidentified victims were taken to a hospital for their injuries.
A string of robberies involving mobs of teenagers also rocked neighborhoods in Northwest, D.C. Halloween night. Police responded to the first robbery at roughly 10:05 p.m. on Cathedral and Connecticut Avenue. Officers with the MPD said roughly 10 to 15 teenagers were involved. Shortly after roughly 15 to 20 teenagers committed a robbery on 29th Street in Woodley Park, reports WUSA9.
Another three robberies, all involving groups of 10 to 20 teenagers were reported throughout the night. Police said at least one of the incidents involved the violent use of force.
The homicide rate in the District spiked 54 percent in 2015, and is 16 percent lower so far this year. D.C. is suffering a violent year overall, with 113 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.
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