Shortly after 12 noon, on Monday, January 30, 2006, Metropolitan Police and DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel were summoned to the 4200 block of 4th Street, SE, to investigate the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they located two males suffering from gunshot wounds who were lying on the parking lot of St. Thomas More Church, located at 4265 4th Street, SE.
One of the victims, identified as 17-year-old Darnell Ford, of the 300 block of Livingston Terrace, SE, was transported to the Washington Hospital Center's MedSTAR Unit, where he was pronounced dead. The second victim, who is 18 years old, was transported to an area hospital, where he was treated and released. His identity is being withheld because he is a witness in the case.
The above case was closed on Friday, December 15, 2006, with the arrest of 25-year-old Willie Gayden, of the 4300 block of 4th Street, SE. He was charged with Murder One While Armed.