City Paper is not for tourists
The Washington Post has a tiny brief on the back page of today’s Metro section reporting that the Metropolitan Police Department has made an arrest in Monday night’s fatal shooting on Quebec Place N.W. and another in Colombia Heights last month.
Police charged Troy Renard Thomas, 18, of the 3000 block of Third Street N.W. , with first-degree premeditated murder while armed of Ryan Randy Trotman.
Arrested in the Columbia Heights case was Robert Larry Brock, 28, of Beltsville in the shooting of Marcus Robertson on May 15. Brock was also charged with first-degree premeditated murder while armed.
The story, reported by Theola Labbé-DeBose, makes no mention that the two homicides, while apparently unrelated, are both allegedly tied to gang beefs going on in different neighborhoods.
Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham told his constituents last month that Brock was targeted for the shooting in “gang beefs that have been ongoing since the murders in Dec/Jan. Another young adult, Paul Jones, was shot and killed by LaFonte Carlton this past January on the 1300 block of Columbia. Carlton is now facing two murder charges,” Graham reported in a May 16 post to the MPD-3D Listserv.
Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, meanwhile, has said police are investigating Trotman’s killing and another gun-related incident later that night as gang-related.