A 27-year-old Democratic National Committee staffer was shot to death in Bloomingdale in the early hours of Sunday.
Seth Conrad Rich was killed on the 2100 block of Flagler Place NW—a few blocks southeast of Howard University—shortly after 4 a.m., according to D.C. police. Metropolitan Police Department officers in the area heard gunshots and found Rich “conscious and breathing,” before he succumbed to his injuries and died at an area hospital. The Nevada native was working as a voter expansion data director at the committee, his Facebook and LinkedIn profiles indicate.
MPD has not announced any arrests, persons of interest, or suspects related to the shooting as of Monday afternoon. The Post reports that authorities believe Rich may have been shot as part of a robbery. His father Joel Rich told the paper that “politics was in his [son’s] blood.” In a statement obtained by the Post, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Rich “was a joy to have as a member of our team, and his talents, intelligence and enthusiasm will be deeply missed.” On Twitter, Democratic Party strategist Donna Brazile praised Rich as “a young man on a mission”:
Remember his name and add him to the rolls of justice. #SethConradRich. He lived to make a difference. He believed in voting rights.— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) July 11, 2016
The Democratic National Committee is in deep mourning. We loss a young man who dedicated his life to voting rights and voter expansion.— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) July 11, 2016
Rich’s death comes amid a year-to-year spike in armed robberies in Bloomingdale, from eight in 2015 to 20 this year, per the Post. Police are offering rewards of up to $25,000 for those who provide assisting information in the homicide investigation. People can call MPD at 202-727-9099.