Editor’s Note: A correction was made to this story about the victim’s age.
UPDATE 9:45 p.m. — Police identified the man who died as 29-year-old Terrell Coghill of Northwest D.C.
Police said that they were looking for the suspects’ car — a white Lexus IS350. They said that the car may have damage to the bottom of the front passenger door.
WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said that one person was killed and three were injured in a shooting that took place at a funeral in Northeast Tuesday afternoon.
Police Chief Robert Contee described the shooting, which happened in the 4000 block of Benning Rd. NE, as targeted.
“It appears that the individuals who were standing in the block were targeted for some reason, and that reason, we’re not sure,” Contee said.
Contee said the funeral service had finished around 12 p.m. and that people were milling about in the street. The gunfire came about 20 minutes later.
The funeral at the Stewart Funeral Home was for Stephon Lamont Carroll, who was killed in late March.
Carroll’s murder was not solved. MPD said someone shot Carroll on March 24 in the 4400 block of E St. SE. He died there.
“I think that [this shooting] speaks to the brazenness of some of the people that we see commit violent acts in our communities,” Contee said. “It’s the reason why I will keep saying what I have to say about violent criminals… when we have people who demonstrate this level of violence in our communities.”
James Ward lives two blocks away. He said he was shaken up by the shooting.
“What I won’t do now is walk through here,” he said. “I’ll catch the bus all the way to the station. … I’m a little concerned about it.”
“Right now, because of the pandemic and economic issues and psychological issues and whatnot, it’s kind of the norm now,” Ward added. “We’ve seen it happen, I believe, yesterday in Kentucky. … It’s hard for us to wrap our heads around it, to accept it as a norm.”
Jay Brown runs a nonprofit called the Community Shoulders that seeks to end violence in D.C. He said he wished more police were present at the funeral.
“Could have been more security,” he said. “It possibly would have stopped it being it was a police officer, a police car down the street.”