Police And City Officials Update Southeast Residents

1:10 PM, Apr 1, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- 9NEWS NOW has learned of dramatic developments in the police investigation after the Tuesday night bloodbath in Southeast Washington. Two men face First Degree Murder charges and a 14-year-old boy is under arrest, for allegedly driving the minivan used in the shootings.

Police are looking for another suspect, who bailed out of the getaway vehicle. And in an extraordinary admission, 9NEWS NOW has learned that police wanted an arrest warrant for one of suspects a week ago, but apparently, the U.S. Attorney's Office wouldn't sign off on it.

In what may have been a brutal act of retaliation, 20-year-old Orlando Carter and 26-year-old Nathaniel Simms allegedly pulled up next to a crowd on South Capitol Street and opened fire. 

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"It's ridiculous. There is no excuse for that," said an angry DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

Ironically, the young men and women had just returned from the funeral of a friend, Jordan Howe, who was murdered March 22. The man arrested for that crime, Sanquan Carter, was apparently upset over a stolen bracelet. He's the brother of murder suspect Orlando Carter.

In a raucous press conference, interrupted by taunts and chaos, police and city officials tried to calm a traumatized neighborhood.

"Everyone knows what a tragedy this is for our city. Everyone grieves for the tragedy of those who lost loved ones," said DC Mayor Adrian Fenty.

The minivan stopped by police after a high-speed pursuit was allegedly driven by a 14-year-old. He too has been charged. Police are now looking for another suspect who bailed out of the vehicle and ran.

Multiple shell casings littered the scene, including those of an AK-47 assault rifle, along with 9mm and 45 calibre weapons.

Among the dead are three teenagers: Brishell Jones, 16; Devaughn Boyd, 18, and William Jones, III, 19.

Their alleged murderers will be back in court on April 15th.

Written by Andrea McCarren
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

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