WASHINGTON — One person is dead and three others were shot in two double shootings in Northeast D.C. Tuesday night. In both cases, Metropolitan Police Department investigators offered a lookout for a burgundy SUV.
Police believe the same vehicle was involved in the carjacking Saturday of D.C. Council candidate Nate Fleming.
"We're still exploring the suspects," said Asst. Chief Leslie Parsons, of the Metropolitan Police Department. "But we definitely believe the vehicle may be the same vehicle."
Police say stolen vehicles are often passed from one group to another, so they're unsure if the same suspects are involved in all the attacks.
Sources tell WUSA9 that the Toyota Highlander has been found -- torched. Fleming's stolen BMW was also recovered Wednesday.
The first shooting happened just before 7 p.m. in the 4900 block of East Capitol Street Northeast. Both victims in this shooting were taken to the hospital, and were conscious and breathing at the time of the reporting. Police said in a tweet that people should be on the lookout for a burgundy Toyota Highlander with heavy tint.
About an hour later, officers were called to a reported double shooting in the 5000 block of Cloud Street Northeast. Police say one person is dead in this case and detectives are investigating the shooting as a homicide. According to MPD, the other man shot is hospitalized in stable condition. Police are searching for a burgundy Toyota Highlander with DC tags GC6636.
The victim who was fatally shot has been identified by police as 19-year-old Devin Brewer.
The investigation into both of these shootings is ongoing. Anyone who may have information is asked to contact MPD at 202-727-9099 or text the department's tipline at 50411.
The council candidate, Fleming, was carjacked while at a gas station on Nanny Helen Burroughs Ave. in Northeast D.C. on Saturday. Surveillance video released by police shows a burgundy SUV roll up, then a man with a gun jumps out and demands Fleming's BMW.
Fleming said he tossed them the keys, and when they left, he went inside to call 911. At that point, one of the carjackers came back, threatened him with a gun again, and demanded he leave the station.
"I was fearful," Fleming said. "Certainly fearful of my life. I've never had a gun pointed at me. I am just lucky to be alive, happy to be alive right now."
Fleming said far too many people in D.C. are experienced tragic situations right now. He called carjackings an "epidemic" among young people, and said he wants to expand the city's summer job program, and offer more after-school programs to try and curb youth violence.
"I think everyone in D.C. needs to be worried about their safety at this time," Fleming said. "It's a crisis that's impacting everyone."
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