Jim Graham: Juvenile Shooting Victim was Ward of DYRS

DC Councilmember Jim Graham reports that a juvenile who died from a gunshot wound early Saturday morning at a local hospital had been shot in Columbia Heights, near Columbia Road and Sherman Avenue.

The young person, Graham said in an listserv message, was Latino and a ward of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.

He was the first of three victims of fatal shootings early Saturday morning.

Graham’s message is below.

Dear Friends—

I have very sad news. A Latino juvenile was pronounced dead from gunshot last might at Washington Hospital Center. He was taken in a private vehicle to hospital from the vicinity of Columbia Road and Sherman Avenue.

We have confirmed that very recently was committed as a ward to the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. He had a pass to visit that area.

According to MPD, there was no recorded shot spotter reports or complaints of gunshots in this area.

Much more needs to be known about this. I am advised that the car and driver are known to MPD.

For now, our most sincere sympathy goes to his family and friends.

Councilmember Jim Graham

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