Three Shot, One Killed, in NW DC Early Sunday Morning

UPDATE July 14, 7:46 a.m.:
MPD announced that a second man, 20-year-old Derek Price, has died in the shooting.

Three people were shot early Sunday morning at a Northwest DC intersection and one of those injured has died of his injuries.

Police said Sunday that at about 1:18 a.m. three people, including a juvenile, were found shot in a car at the intersection of North Capitol and T streets Northwest. All were taken to local hospitals. One of the victims, 21-year-old Donchell Thomas, of Montgomery Village, Maryland died at the hospital.

Later Sunday, police arrested Jimmie Fleming, 36, of Northwest D.C. on suspicion of first-degree murder and assault with intent to kill in connection with the case.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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Weekend Read: Neighborhood Mournes James Oh, Owner of Gold Corner Market

The Washington Post looked at the 16th Street Heights neighborhood mourning the death of 76-year-old James Oh, who was killed in a robbery in his store on July 4. Though the store is now closed, many tributes have been left outside the front door.

This store has been the center of many people’s lives,” [Marvin A. Jones] said. “People came in here every day to play the lottery and wait for numbers. Elderly men sat around and debated Cowboys and Redskins, endlessly. I pray the family keeps this open.”
Shebba Blakney, 50, said she has been shopping at Gold Corner for 20 years and recalled taking her young child to meet the Ohs. James Oh was nice, she said, and his wife was nicer. “If you were low on money,” she said, “they sold you things on a promise.”

Week in Review

In brief:

Five homicides were reported in D.C. this week:

  • Alonzo Gregory Beasley, 52, was killed in a stabbing at 22nd and I Street Northeast on Sunday afternoon, according to MPD.
  • DaShawn Hammonds, 23, was killed early Sunday morning in a shooting in the 1200 Block of Simms Place Northeast. Police officers found Hammonds unconscious and unresponsive at approximately 5:23 a.m.
  • Michael Hrizuk, 57, died from injuries sustained in a beating that occurred in Northwest D.C. nearly two weeks earlier. Police have ruled his death was a homicide.
  • MPD announced they are seeking the public’s help in identifying two persons of interest in the investigation into the murder of 76-year-old James Oh. Officers found Oh suffering from head trauma at approximately 5:19 p.m. on July 4 in the 5500 block of Colorado Avenue Northwest.
  • The death of a man found beaten Sunday was ruled a homicide. Benjamin Jennings was found unconscious in the 1200 block of Bladensburg Road, Northeast shortly on July 6 and died the following evening.

Jurors found David Shepherd guilty of six criminal counts, including first-degree murder, in connection with the shooting death of Henry Charles Miller. During the five-day trial, prosecutors argued that evidence showed Shepherd intended to shoot Miller after an argument, but Shepherd took the stand to tell jurors it was self-defense.

Judge Jennifer Anderson sentenced David Jamal Wilson Friday to nine years in prison for the 2013 stabbing death of Howard Venable Jr. Wilson pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed in May.

Frank Lee Branding, suspected of involuntary manslaughter, was released into high-intensity supervision Friday. Police believe Blanding killed an unidentified man when he punched the man twice and drove away after the man asked him for money and threatened him.

Attorneys for Joseph Chandler announced he will not move forward with an insanity defense. Chandler, 76, is charged with second-degree murder while armed in connection with the shooting death of Shirley Tucker.

Rasdavid Lagarde pleaded innocent to eight criminal charges Friday, including first-degree murder while armed, in the shooting death of Omar Sykes. Sykes, a Howard University student, was killed around 11:30 p.m. on July 4, 2013.

Judge Rhonda Winston sentenced Andre Burks Thursday to 15 years in prison for the fatal shooting of Antwan Boseman, which also wounded another man. Burks pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while armed and assault with a deadly weapon on June 2.

Malik Bilal was arrested and held on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed in connection with the death of Alonzo Gregory Beasley. Charging documents say a witness told police that Beasley and Bilal had been arguing for the past two days.

Judge Rhonda Reid Winston denied David Warren a new trial Monday with an order signed in her chambers. Judge Winston also amended Warren’s sentence on an armed carjacking charge by adding three years to the total in order to meet minimum sentencing standards.

Vigil Held for Eboni Domally

WJLA reports on a vigil held Tuesday for murder victim 31-year-old Eboni Domally, who was a mother to two boys ages nine and three. Domally’s mother says that her daughter endured years of domestic violence.

Police have named Domally’s estranged husband, Michael Gayle, as the murder suspect. He remains on the run, and Domally tells us her daughter’s life ended after enduring years of domestic violence.

We want him captured and brought to justice,” she said.

I can’t believe somebody would kill such a pleasant, beautiful person. I can’t believe it. And it’s got us all in shock,” said a friend of the victim, Alfred Johnson.

Police ID Benjamin Jennings as Man Killed in Bladensburg Road Beating

MPD has identified a homeless man who died after an altercation on Bladensburg Road Northeast last weekend as 57-year-old Benjamin Jennings.

Police found Jennings lying unconscious and unresponsive in the roadway, according to a statement. He died a day later at a local hospital.

Frank Lee Blanding, 20, was arrested on July 10 on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter in Jennings’ death. Read more

Week Ahead

Each week, Homicide Watch brings you a list of upcoming hearings in the cases we follow. All hearings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. To add an item to the listing, email homicidewatchdc [at] To see scheduled court hearings beyond next week, see our calendar.
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Nine Year Sentence in Stabbing Death of Howard Venable Jr.

David Jamal Wilson was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison for the 2013 stabbing death of Howard Venable Jr.

Wilson pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed in May.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Holly Schick said that Wilson had planned the robbery and sent an earlier text to Venable discussing his financial troubles.

This robbery was premeditated,” Schick said. “Mr. Wilson knew when Mr. Venable received his check. There were text messages of Wilson stating he needed money.” Read more

Suspect Says He Punched Man Who Asked Him for Money and Insulted Him

Update: The victim in this case has been identified as 57-year-old Benjamin Jennings. This post has been updated with his name.

Frank Lee Branding was released into high-intensity supervision Friday after his arrest Thursday. He is suspected of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the July 6 death of Benjamin Jennings.

Police found Jennings at around 10:06 p.m. unconscious and unresponsive, lying in the road of the 1200 block of Bladensburg Road Northeast. Jennings, identified in court documents as “John Doe,” died a day later at a local hospital, and police believe his death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head.

Charging documents say Blanding punched Jennings twice and drove away after Jennings asked him for money, called him selfish and threatened him with a butter knife.
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Joseph Chandler Withdraws Insanity Defense

Joseph Chandler will not move forward with an insanity defense, his attorney told a judge in a mental observation hearing Friday.

Chandler is charged with second-degree murder while armed in connection with the shooting death of Shirley Tucker. Read more

David Shepherd Found Guilty in Shooting Death of Henry Miller

David Allen Shepherd has been found guilty of first-degree murder while armed in the 2012 shooting death of Henry Charles Miller.

Jurors delivered the guilty verdict late Friday afternoon after less than two days of deliberations.

During the five-day trial, three witnesses testified they saw 50-year-old Shepherd shoot Miller after an argument. Read more