Terry Jiminez Is Charged With Murder After Caribbean Festival Shooting

11:26 AM, Jun 27, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced Monday morning a 19-year-old is under arrest after gunfire erupted Saturday at the Caribbean Festival, leaving one man dead.

Terry Jiminez of Buffalo, New York, is charged with Murder 2 While Armed. He was also shot during the exchange of gunfire between two rival gangs. He was released from the hospital and is in police custody.

Others shot included Robert Foster, Jr. of Northwest, DC, who died at the hospital. One person is still in the hospital, another has been treated and released.

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During Monday's press conference, Chief Lanier said Foster and two other victims were innocent victims "caught in the crossfire between two rival gangs which is why we go so aggressively after gangs, because they will shoot indiscriminately with crowds of people around, children, without any regard to safety."

She says there are other suspects and more than 20 shots were fired in the exchange.

9NEWS NOW's Bruce Johnson reports the Clifton Terrace and Hobart Street gangs had agreed to a truce until recently.

Sources say Terry Jimenez, 18, is associated with one of two crews now feuding. He was on the same porch as Lucki Pannell, 17, when she was killed in a drive by shooting. Like Foster, Pannell was also an innocent victim.

Since that February tragedy on Sherman Ave., Jiminez was supposed to be under the supervision of the Court Services Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA).

"My information would indicate that people would want him dead," said Council Member Jim Graham. "What was he doing in the District of Columbia because under CSOSA supervision, he was sent out of state. How was he released back into D.C. and under what restrictions did he come back?"

Watch this video to see how Columbia Heights residents are reacting to the incident.

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