WASHINGTON — Two men in their twenties were shot and killed Sunday around 4 p.m. in the 100 block of Q Street, Northwest, according to DC Police.
The two men, identified as 22-year-old Jovan Hill Jr. and 19-year-old Tariq Riley, who died were found at the scene by first responders. A third victim walked into an area hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot injuries from the shooting, according to D.C. Police. Both Hill and Riley lived in Northwest, D.C.
“What I've seen, what I hear is a community that's just totally fed up," D.C. Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie said as police investigated the crime scene. They are at their wit's end. They are hearing the sounds of gunshots, seeing the yellow tape, almost every other night."
DC Police Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict said the department is still in the very early stages of the investigation. So far, officials determined that there was a group of people gathered in a courtyard near a housing unit at the time of the shooting. It is not known if this group was the target of the shooting, Benedict added.
Currently, DC Police said it interviewed witnesses and is reviewing video footage as part of the investigation.
DeeDee Washington, who lives in the neighborhood the shooting occurred said she knew of the young men who were murdered Sunday.
“I know one of the moms and he was just, you know she did everything to keep her boys out of trouble and, you know, they all graduated high school," Washington said. "They're not going to know that they were good kids. They're just going to play into the stereotype of what's going on in the neighborhood, but this is a great neighborhood and those were great boys.”
No further information was been provided by DC Police on the victims or a potential suspect.
“I just hope that they get whoever did this and that they just stop all the chaos," Washington said. "It just doesn't make any sense, and that's just all over, it just doesn't make any sense. You know we have enough to deal with and senseless killings are one less thing that we need to be thinking about right now. We have a whole virus out here killing everybody.”
The Metropolitan Police Department is offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for each homicide committed in the District of Columbia.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.