25 Year Old Shot and Killed in Mount Pleasant at 7:45pm on Friday


Ed. Note: Sorry for the delay in posting – was out of town Friday and Saturday.

A reader reports:

“Wanted to alert you to a shooting that just occurred in Mt. Pleasant ~1800 alley between Irving and Harvard. Report is that a man was shot in the neck in his car. The shooter peeled away in a car and the victim apparently drove approximately 40-50 yards before crashing, as shown in the picture.”


From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in the 1800 block of Harvard Street, Northwest on Friday, September 18, 2015, at approximately 7:44 pm.

Members of the Fourth District responded for the report of a shooting and upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to an area hospital, where lifesaving efforts failed and he was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 25 year-old Charles Antonio Welch, of Fort Washington, Maryland.

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 responsible 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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  • So this was likely drug related? Both victim and shooter in vehicles. Shooter left. Victim in MD tags. Not a high crime area.

  • our fearless ANC leader seems to think nobody has anything to worry about and implies the victim deserved it:

    • Jack can be such a, well, jackass about crime in our area. We shouldn’t worry because he believes it was targeted? What if the shooter missed and hit someone else?

      Ai yi yi…

    • Well it is common knowledge that innocent people NEVER get hit by stray bullets in this city, oh wait…

    • His comment is not just insensitive, but truly stupid. Even if it’s drug-related, who is safe when people are shooting at each other. Wish he would just go away.

      • It seems pretty inappropriate for an elected official to be making these kind of speculations. And to say that a certain apartment building has a lot of “troubled people” is also irresponsible when he’s signing everything with his ANC title.

        “This took place in the parking lot behind the Harvard Towers. Some troubled people get put into the Towers, and I’m surmising that this was a personal revenge shooting, not a random act. In short, it poses no threat to any other residents of Mount Pleasant. ”

        “Doesn’t surprise me that this happened at the Towers. When I first saw the posting, I thought it might be a street robbery “gone bad”, as has happened here before. Learning that it was in the Towers parking lot says to me that it was a targeted killing, not a random victim. And that in turn means that other residents need not fear that they or their family members, innocently out on the street, could be victims.”

        “As for the Harvard Towers homicide, it’s not clear that the victim is Latino (surname Welch).”

  • Looks to me like a hit was carried out.

  • Jack makes a lot of assumptions here based soly on the location of the incident and the fact that victim and shooter were in vehicles. Then goes on to say we have nothing to worry about.
    This is insulting – he has no way of knowing if his suppositions are true, and saying not to worry is really patronizing

    • What to make of an ANC that interferes with the completion of the neighborhood library addition, harasses the farmers’ market, and generally behaves with indifference to the views of the majority of its residents? If the city’s real leaders took Mount Pleasant’s ANC seriously, I know of multiple neighbors who would run for, and win, the ANC seats occupied by the current roster of clowns.

      • Then why haven’t they run? Jack, for example, has run unopposed the last 2 or 3 elections, if memory serves.

        • I think the point (with which I agree) is that the Mt. Pleasant ANC in particular isn’t taken seriously by the city anyway, so who cares if a bunch of jokers wastes their time with it.

      • Yeah, but NOBODY ran against Jack in the last election. I would have gotten behind anyone… he has said and done so many wrong things over the years. But somebody needs to step up an run against him.

    • He also recently submitted testimony to the Council to say that we don’t want any more police coverage in Mt. Pleasant. No thank you, we’re just fine. No crime here. Nothing to worry about.

  • HaileUnlikely

    I think most people, especially in areas where there aren’t a lot of shootings, would make an altogether different set of assumptions if their neighbor got shot on the sidewalk in front of their house vs. if somebody who lives in another state got shot inside of a vehicle in a parking lot behind the big DCHA apartment building at the end of the block. Sure, most people wouldn’t voice those assumptions as Jack did, but I suspect that the thoughts that he has voiced are shared by many.

  • I was the first person on the scene and can attest that the driver was shot in the upper torso. He was shot while driving away from the towers and crashed into the curb. The car was smoking from under the hood and the interior was full of smoke. I pulled a small boy named Cameron out of the back seat and held him until police arrived. The mother in the passenger seat was in shock and kept screaming and running back and forth yelling for help. The victim died before police arrived and it seemed like no one wanted to help administer first aid including the police or firemen until the ambulance arrived almost 15 minutes after the shooting. I feel for the young boy who saw the male (assuming it was his father) get shot and die in front of him. Compassion and understanding what happened is more inportant that assuming and publishing igmorance.

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