Shooting Homicide in Brightwood

From MPD:

“On 3/30/15, at approximately 2:45am, members of the Fourth District responded to a call for a shooting in the area of 13th and Van Buren Streets, NW. Once officers arrived on the scene the victim was located suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

If anyone has information in regard to this crime, or any others, we ask that you call 202.727.9099 or text 50411.”


“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred at the intersection of 13th and Van Buren Streets, NW. On Monday, March 30, 2015, at approximately 2:36 am, members of the Fourth District responded to a call for a Robbery/Shooting at the intersection of 13th and Van Buren Streets, NW. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Personnel from DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 34 year-old Antonio Ayala of Northwest, Washington, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

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  • Christ on a crutch. This is my neighborhood and this is absolutely shocking. This section of Brightwood is a sleepy community filled with mostly elderly and families. I’m not saying this is Chevy Chase, but still this is very frightening. I hope police will step up their presence here immediately.

  • DC1

    Disgusting! this is right around the corner from me.
    I talked to one of the cops that had the area closed today and offered to review the security camera footage from all around my house for a lead they declined, strange…

  • HaileUnlikely

    Wow. I’ve lived within a mile of here for going on 12 years and I can’t recall another homicide nearby in that entire time.

  • And yet, Republican Marco Rubio is pushing for it to be EASIER for district residents to own and carry guns. I think it is about time to stop letting congress do whatever they want to DC laws and LET WASHINGTON VOTE.

  • I live very close to this incident as well. Neighbors: please plan to attend the D.C. Police Citizen’s Advisory Council meeting (April 30, 7:00 pm at the Fourth District station – 6001 Georgia Ave.) to ask questions, share concerns, and understand what activities the police are undertaking in our community.

  • According to NBC4 it was an attempted robbery. Horrific. I’ve definitely noticed more police in the neighborhood today. Hopefully they be here to stay.

  • I urge all of you to sign up for the DC Alert emails and texts and you will see how frequently we have robberies and assaults in this neighborhood. One every couple of days.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Additional update: NBC is reporting that the victim was walking with two friends when they were approached by two guys in masks, one with a gun. One of the victim’s friends pushed the guy with the gun, and the gun went off. Unclear whether the shooter shot accidentally or on purpose.


      I don’t say this to blame the victim or his friends, or to let the shooter off the hook [somebody will accuse me of that – fine – this is too important to worry about that], but shoving or fighting somebody who is pointing a gun at you is almost never a sound course of action. If the guy is trying to get you into the back of a windowless van, or if you’re trying to protect your spouse or child, or if it is clear to you that the guy intends to shoot, I don’t know, maybe that changes things, but fighting a guy who is pointing a gun at you to defend your property is never a good plan.


      The two times I’ve had the misfortune of being up close and personal with the business end of a gun, I just obeyed the guy who was pointing it at me and things turned out about as well as they could have. One of the times, I was about 70% sure I could have successfully gotten the gun away from the guy (he was probably about 13-15 and looked nervous as hell, like he had never robbed anybody before), but I decided to just play along and give him my stuff because I was afraid that he might shoot me by accident if he got any more nervous than he already clearly was.

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