“Update on May 2016 shooting near Petworth metro station – Defendant Fired 11 Shots at Group of People on Springtime Afternoon”

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From MPD:

“District Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison
For Shooting Man in Back on Northwest Washington Street
Defendant Fired 11 Shots at Group of People on Springtime Afternoon

David Gore, 36, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced to seven years in prison for firing 11 gunshots at a group of people in Northwest Washington, hitting one victim in the back.

Gore pled guilty in September 2016, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to assault with intent to kill and carrying a pistol without a license. He was sentenced by the Honorable José M. Lopez. After his prison term, he will be placed on three years of supervised release.

According to the government’s evidence, on May 16, 2016, at approximately 2:40 p.m., Gore exited a car in the 3700 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW and began shooting at a group of people standing nearby. After he finished firing on the group, Gore returned to the vehicle and left the scene. One man, who tried to run away, was shot in the back. He was treated at a hospital for his wounds. Remarkably, no one else was hit. According to the government’s evidence, Gore launched the attack without any provocation. Gore was arrested June 10, 2016.”

8 Comment

  • I am sure when he is released in 2.5 years he will be an absolute blessing to the community.

  • 7 years? That’s it? Seriously?

  • The sentence is a little light – by about 50 years. This is no kind of deterrent at all to gun violence.

  • Anonjmous

    Why wasn’t he charged with attempted murder? If he had killed someone it could have been murder 1. I’ve seen a case in DC where people were convicted of murder 1 for catching someone in the crossfire of a gang shootout. Something along the lines of urban warfare – they should have known an innocent bystander could be hit. Why not consider this an attempt at that.
    Justice my ass.

  • I’m similarly at a loss regarding the lenient sentence.

  • Wow, only 7 yrs?!! How can we be safe with killers back on the streets soon after sentencing?

    • The sentence likely reflects serious weakness in the government’s case. In other words, he might be innocent! A trial might well have ended in an acquittal, which means zero jail time. So the government was willing to forego a lengthy sentence. Given the defendant’s age, this was likely his last hurrah as almost everyone ages out of violent crime by their forties. The suggestion that this guy would be out in 2.5 years reflects ignorance, as he will do roughly 6 of the 7 years if he gets credit for good time. He does get credit for time served awaiting sentencing of course.

      • I am sure that he will return as a model citizen who bothers no one (eyeroll). Maybe he won’t fire on groups of people, but I doubt he will be up to much good even at 42 or 43. Plus it is less than a year per person that he shot at.

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