Man shot, killed near Howard University
Metropolitan Police Sunday night are looking for three men, at least one of whom may be armed, in connection with a fatal shooting near the Howard University campus Saturday night.
A massive police response, involving dozens of MPD officers, followed the gunfire, in which 20-year old Keenan Jerel Lee, of Capitol Heights was wounded.
"We heard gunshots and kids started running", says Tiara Joyner, a Georgetown University student, visiting friends for Howard University's Homecoming Weekend festivities.
"This beautiful event that happened was shut down because of the nonsense. We can't all just get together and have a good time", she added.
The gunfire--- multiple shots, were initially reported at Georgia Avenue and 'W' Street around 10:13 PM.
The shooting triggered a campus-wide alert.
Tony, a graduate student who didn't want to give his full name, was among the email recipients.
"The email said two people were having an argument on Georgia Avenue and one of them shot the other one", he says.
Witnesses told police a trio of young men, all wearing dark clothing, fled the scene shortly afterwards.
Authorities say four people carried the badly wounded Lee to nearby Howard University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The University says Lee is not a student at Howard.
"I don't really know how to explain it." says Howard Sophomore DeForest Thompson. "Somebody actually getting shot on campus. That's very unfortunate."
Police say the shooting itself was not on campus.
But far too close for many students, who moments before were celebrating homecoming activities.
Ariel Powell found herself standing out on the street, unable to get back to her dorm, because the area was sealed off.
"It's fine if other people come onto campus", she says. "It's just bringing the extra violence isn't necessary. It's not what homecoming is about."
Although some homecoming activities off Georgia avenue were halted, other programs continued. A number of students say they found out about the shooting from reporters and police officers at the scene.
Witnesses say the shooting began as an argument in the street, and escalated into gunfire.
"On campus, security is going around, they're doing what they have to do. But off-campus, pretty much anything goes", says Joseph Wilson, a freshman.
By Sunday evening, Georgia Avenue, and the campus was quiet again.
But the violence has many concerned.
"It's extremely frustrating", says one student. "Like I can't even study at night over here. I have to go home by ten o'clock, because of things like this."
Police ID man shot, killed near Howard University
D.C. police have identified the man who was shot and killed Saturday night near Howard University as 20 year-old Keenan Jerel Lee of Capitol Heights, Md.
The shooting happened at about 10:07 p.m. near Georgia Avenue and V St., NW. The preliminary investigation revealed the victim was standing in the 2200 block of Georgia Avenue at the time of the shooting.
When police arrived, they discovered the victim had been taken to the Howard University Hospital suffering from gunshot wounds where he later was pronounced dead.
Howard University Hospital confirms the victim was brought to the hospital by four people, He was not a student, a spokesperson says.
From the Metropolitan Police Department: Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746).The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to DC CRIME SOLVERS at 1-800-673-2777 and to the department's TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. If the information provided by the caller to the Crime Solvers Unit leads to an arrest and indictment, that caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
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