Four D.C. men have received first-degree murder charges in connection to a fatal shooting of 13-year-old Malachi Lukes.
The tragedy occurred back in March when Lukes was found mortally wounded in the Shaw neighborhood. Police discovered him after receiving reports of gunshots being heard in the area. Lukes was brought to a hospital but did not survive.
Another juvenile was reportedly found at the scene with a gunshot injury which would later turn out to be non-threatening and was treated successfully.
The suspects were arrested in the course of two days, on May 29th and 30th.
Aaron Brown, 24, a Southeast resident, was the first one to be detained, followed by two local men — a 21-year-old Reginald Steele and a 19-year-old Koran Jackson. Tyiion Freeman, a 20-year-old Northwest man, was the last one to be arrested.
According to DCPD Chief Peter Newsham, the authorities believe that the shooting was not spontaneous but rather caused by a dispute.
The tragedy happened several days after DC Mayor Muriel Bowser addressed the local gun violence concerns.
“We continue to be concerned about illegal guns coming across our borders from our neighboring states,” she said as quoted by WTOP.