Three more shot in Washington, D.C. drive-by

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WASHINGTON, DC – Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Seventh District announce an arrest has been made and also seek the public’s assistance in identifying a vehicle sought in reference to a shooting that occurred on Friday, April 2, 2021, in the 2700 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, Southeast.

At approximately 10:44 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location after hearing sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located three adult males suffering from gunshot wounds. The victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives’ investigation on the scene determined that a suspect fired shots from the vehicle and then the vehicle fled the scene. Further investigation also determined that one of the shooting victims also discharged a firearm in the direction of the vehicle.

On Friday, April 2, 2021, 21-year-old Joseph Peterson, of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Carrying a Pistol without a License, Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm, Unregistered Firearm, Unregistered Ammunition, and Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device.


The vehicle, described as a black, four-door, later model Audi A8, with a handicap placard hanging from the rearview mirror, and a rear tag covered by a smoke-colored cover was captured by a nearby surveillance camera.

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