An 11-year-old boy got arrested on 4th July in Southeast by D.C. police for fatally shooting an innocent. Police are in search of the other four in the shooting case.
Cops also arrested 18-year-old Daryle Bond on Thursday midday and charged him with the first-degree crime while equipped. Police further got arrest warrants for 19-year-old Carlo General, 25-year-old Marcel Gordon, and 22-year-old Christian Wingfield.
Cheif Peter Newsham: “Police is working to secure an arrest warrant for a fifth defendant.”
When the boy got shot…
Davon McNeal was a middle school student. He stepped out of his mother’s car just as gunfire vented amongst a group of men. The child was an uninvolved witness. Newsham told that police do not assume the gunfire was associated with his family.
Director of the D.C. Office of Neighbourhood Safety and Engagement Del McFadden informed that the victim’s mother Crystal McNeal works as a violence interrupter through a city contractor. The workers aim to prevent violence before it starts.
Davon’s mother had been dedicated for some time for preventing violence in the specific section where her son was murdered. About a year ago they moved out of the neighborhood themselves. Davon’s
(victim) grandfather John Ayala is also involved in violence prevention. He started a local branch of the Guardian Angels.
McFadden said that at least 20 children attended a family-oriented anti-violence cookout on 4th July which was organized by Crystal McNeal. After the event ended, Davon went from his mother’s car to his aunt’s home to get a phone charger. Exactly that time the shooting started, Ayala said.
“In a matter of seconds, just stepping out the car, they overheard gunshots. When they heard gunshots, he drops,” he said.
McNeal’s mother thought her young son was taking protection.
“He was actually shot! The mother held him,” Ayala said.
Five men in a black sedan rushed off.
Newsham also informed that officers who were nearby were signaled down at about 9:20 p.m. Davon was rushed from the 1400 block of Cedar Street SE to a hospital, where he was declared dead.
What family reported…
Family members said he always dreamed of playing in the NFL, he loved football.
Hundreds were present in vigilance for Davon on Thursday evening, holding candles in young Davon’s remembrance and freeing balloons into the sky, some in the shape of the whole three which wasDavon’s football jersey number.
Newsham also informed Bond has a strong criminal record. The other three suspects about whom police have warrants have a gun-related criminal history.
Curfew declared in Wingfield and was allotted a GPS plan, which Newsham said was ripped off soon after the murder.
Newsham added that now these guys have taken the life of an 11-year-old boy, and that is tragic. Newsham added that the residential complex has a great surveillance video system, and that helped in the inquiry.
So far in 2019, the district has recorded 94 murders, up from 85 at the same time last year, according to online police data. Though many major cities saw a decrease in homicides in 2018, the nation’s capital was among the cities that instead saw a significant increase.
Anyone with information about the case can call police at 202-727-9099 or text information anonymously to the department’s tip line at 50411. There is a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.