Last Halloween, the hero played the villain when a 32-year-old man dressed as Batman fired a gun at a former coworker seven times, after cat-fishing him with a fake marijuana transaction, a D.C. Superior Court jury has found.
Jason Edwards was found guilty of five felony charges on Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. announced in a release today. According to prosecutors, Edwards lured the victim over text to buy pot from him on the 3100 block of Channing Street NE on Oct. 31, 2015. Then, “Edwards—who was wearing a Batman costume—took out a gun and shot the victim in the upper chest,” USAO explains. “As the victim ran away, Edwards chased him down the street and fired six additional shots, one of which struck the victim in his leg.” None of the gunshots were fatal.
The victim verbally identified Edwards shortly after D.C. police officers arrived on the scene. Prosecutors were able to link Edwards to the crime by using cell-phone data that put him near the shooting. Yesterday, the jury found Edwards guilty of “one count of assault with intent to kill while armed, one count of assault with significant bodily injury while armed, two counts of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.” His sentencing has been scheduled for Aug. 30.