Suspect in Death of Ricardo Minger Told Cops he Fired Fatal Shots

Updated 2:48 p.m. with charging documents

Donald Crosland, charged yesterday with first degree murder while armed in the death of teen Ricardo Minger, told homicide detectives this week that he had fired the fatal shots.

Crosland, 17, is the second person charged in the shooting. A murder charge against Kevin Clark for Minger’s death is pending grand jury indictment.

Minger, a 17-year-old resident of Southeast D.C., was shot in the face and abdomen Jan. 7 in an apartment in Southeast D.C. He was identified by his fingerprints, according to court documents in the case against Clark.

Crosland, known to friends as “D,” is alleged to have shot at Minger at the same time as Clark the night that Minger was killed.

According to charging documents,

[Witness 1] observed [Clark] walk to the balcony window of the apartment and look out the balcony door. [The witness] then observed [Clark] take out a revolver style handgun that was silver with a brown handle. At the same time, [the witness] observed [Crosland] with his hands in the waistband and him also produce a revolver style handgun. Then, [the witness] observed [Clark] and [Crosland] repeatedly shoot [Minger] at close range.

Four bullets and fragments were recovered from the crime scene and Minger’s autopsy, two were determined to have been shot from the same gun, but the remaining two bullets were “too damaged” to evaluate what gun had shot them, court records state.

Crosland is due in court March 16 for a preliminary hearing. According to a Supplement to the Arrest Warrant, filed Wednesday, Crossland “admitted… that back on January 7, 2011 while inside apartment 2 of 5330 E Street SE he fired multiple shots at the decedent.”

Charging documents in the case are below.

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