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Published on June 12, 2024
Second Suspect Arrested in Connection with Double Fatal Shooting in Southeast D.C.Source: Google Street View

The chase that began with a deadly shooting in Southeast D.C. in March 2023 finally culminated in the arrest of the second suspect, now identified as a 17-year-old male from the Northeast. The Metropolitan Police Department, after a meticulous investigation involving multiple jurisdictions, brought the matter to a close with this latest development on Tuesday, June 11.

According to a statement by the Metropolitan Police Department, Seventh District officers were initially dispatched to the 2700 block of Bruce Place, Southeast, on March 7, 2023, following reports of a shooting. They discovered two men with gunshot wounds; Dana Faulkner, 23, succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Shortly afterward, they found unconscious 15-year-old Abdul Fuller at the intersection of Wheeler Road and Mississippi Avenue, Southeast, who later died at the hospital on March 9. Fuller also was determined to have been injured at the Bruce Place incident.

The narrative unfolded further when a 19-year-old man was arrested on December 21, 2023, in connection with the same incident. He was charged with First Degree Murder while Armed (Premeditated). The arrest pointed to a broader plot at play, suggesting that the March shooting was not just a random act of violence but a premeditated offense.

This week, the second suspect's flight from justice ended abruptly when the Florida and Caribbean Fugitive Task Force managed to quickly apprehend him in Jacksonville, FL. The teenage suspect was caught under a DC Superior Court custody order and now awaits the extradition process to bring him back to the District of Columbia, where he will face charges of First Degree Murder while Armed (Premeditated).

As the community grapples with the implications of this violent episode, the legal proceedings that will surely follow may offer some closure to the families of the victims and a city too often acquainted with tragedy. For now, the cooperation across state lines serves as a stark reminder of the reach of law enforcement and the persistence necessitated by the pursuit of justice.