An Ethiopian Man Shot Dead, 2 Wounded Near U Street Corridor in Washington, DC – NBC4, Washington — D.C.

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Police are investigating a shooting that left an Ethiopian man dead and two others injured in the city’s busy Shaw neighborhood.

Detectives spent hours searching for clues at the scene of the 2 a.m. incident near 9th and T streets.

Police said someone opened fire on the victim, striking him multiple times. Two others suffered graze wounds. They were expected to be fine.

A resident who lives nearby said he heard about 10 gunshots in a row. (more…)

Police are investigating a shooting that left an Ethiopian man dead and two others injured in the city’s busy Shaw neighborhood.

Detectives spent hours searching for clues at the scene of the 2 a.m. incident near 9th and T streets.

Police said someone opened fire on the victim, striking him multiple times. Two others suffered graze wounds. They were expected to be fine.

A resident who lives nearby said he heard about 10 gunshots in a row.

The shooting happened in the city’s Shaw neighborhood, near a section of the popular U Street corridor that has seen deadly violence before.

Last June, a man was shot and killed inside a restaurant. And in January 2007, 17-year-old Talisha Ford was fatally shot inside a club.

Her death prompted the city to install police cameras in the area.

A business owner whose flower shop is right next to the shooting scene said police have increased their presence since those earlier shootings. But he would like to see more officers on the streets.

“It’s not like Georgetown or Adams Morgan,” he said. “We’re not getting the same attention but we pay the same taxes.”

City officials said the police camera on 9th Street may show part of the crime, or at least some of the people involved.

Police have not released the victim’s name.

Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call D.C. police at 1-800-673-2777.

Ethiopian Community in Kansas City
Press Release

Saturday, May 31, 2008

We Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia living in Missouri and Kansas are shocked and deeply saddened with regret and sorrows to learn the killing of our brother Berhanu Taye in Washington DC May 24, 2008. He survived thru his children by his Ex-wife Beletu Desta. The police still investigating to find the perpetrator in the main time the community we like to ask Ethiopians to contribute money to send his body home in Ethiopia for burial service. We call on the Police in Washington DC to investigate and bringing the perpetrator to justice. We request the Ethiopian community and churches in Washington DC metropolitan area for your help.

Sincerely,

Solomon Reta
President

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  1. | #1

    It is sad to hear such a news.We Ethiopians need to come together and tackle this kind of problem once and for all.For how long are we gonna be begging for $5.00 everytime one of our brother or sister is killed.We need to come up with a working plan to address this issue.Ethiopian communities across America needs to wake up and do the right thing.Stop dividing across political and ethinic line and open up the community for everyone.After all we are Immigrant from one motherland, Ethiopia.

  2. | #2

    Surafel I completely agree with you 100000%

    Furthermore, God Bless deceased man (who looks young) and hopefully the two others make it safe.

    -Sami

  3. abaynesh
    | #3

    god bless your sole bro

  4. Raila
    | #4

    May his soul rest in perfect peace.

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