By now, I’m sure most of you have seen that the Medical Examiner released Ali Ahmed Mohammed’s cause of death following him throwing a brick into the window of Dc9. Not surprisingly in this case, which has been full of confusion and misinformation, the cause of death does not shed much light on what really happened.

Mohammed’s death was classified a homicide. He died of “Excited Delirium Associated With Arrhythmogenic Cardiac Anomalies, Alcohol Intoxication and Physical Exertion With Restraint” according to the Medical Examiner. Not being a coroner, I can’t really tell you exactly what this means, but my Internet research can hopefully give some context.

Excited delirium is a condition that is  normally caused by drug use that leads a person to act with “bizarre and/or aggressive behavior, shouting, paranoia, panic, violence toward others, unexpected physical strength, and hyperthermia.” It can lead to death.

Arrhythmogenic Cardiac Anomalies, as far as I can tell, means that Mohammed had heart complications related to an irregular heartbeat, which contributed to his death. The alcohol intoxication part is pretty self-evident, as is the physical restraint part.

So if his death was classified as a homicide, does that mean that the DC9 employees previously arrested will be charged with murder? Of course, the answer is unclear. The District Attorney’s office released a statement to the effect that they will not re-file charges at this time, but will continue their investigation.

Those with more legal expertise than me have indicated that the results of the toxicology report will matter greatly on any charges that are filed. There is a possibility of second degree murder or manslaughter, but it really remains unclear.

Lastly, will DC9 remain open? ABRA indicated that pending the results of the autopsy report, DC9 may be ordered to close again. I’m not sure if these results merit the bar re-closing, but ABRA did put that caveat in when they let DC9 open.

Scene of the crime, courtesy of Maverick1303

Around 11:40 last night MPD officers heard gun shots in the 9th and Westminster area (Westminster is between T and S between 10th and 9th Streets). They found a man suffering from gun shot wounds and transported him to the hospital. The victim was later pronounced dead.

There has been a disturbing amount of violence in the U street area in the past month or so. I don’t know why this up tick in violence is happening but it really concerns me.

UPDATE: Police have identified the victim as 24-year-old Ronald Johnson of Northeast DC.

You have to congratulate MPD: they have made an arrest regarding last Wendesday’s shooting in Adams Morgan. 17-year-old Robert Givens was arrested and charged as an adult, with first degree murder in connection with the murder of 19-year-old Sean Robinson.

They also made a second arrest in the June homicide of Victor Chigoziri MBA-Jonas Jr in Adams Morgan. They arrested 18 year-old Nathan Dwayne Headspeath, who was charged with first degree murder.

DCist also has some interesting information about the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, and their connection with a lot of young men who have been involved in shootings this year.

There was a shooting on the 2500 block of Mozart Place in Adams Morgan Wednesday night around 9:15. Dave Stroup has been live tweeting on the scene, 1 adult male was taken to the hospital and died from his injuries. Dave has really been doing an excellent job reporting this story.

I will update as more information as available.

The community really needed a quick arrest with this murder. WaPo is reporting 26-year-old Josue Pena of Hyattsville was arrested at 6 am this morning. This is good news but you can’t help but think it’s not going to bring Oscar Fuentes back.

DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier also noted that there is no indication that the murder was gang related, though she did acknowledge that the suspect is a known associate of MS-13.

MPD announced an arrest in the May 15th homicide of Marcus Robinson, who was killed on the corner of 14th street and Columbia Road. Here’s more information about the shooting from Jim Graham. MPD hasn’t released any information about the suspect who was arrested. I’m glad to see that MPD has a pretty good track record of making arrests following homicides in the Columbia Heights area. I wish there weren’t homicides to be made arrests for…

The Washington City Paper is reporting the suspect is 28-year-old Robert Larry Brock of Beltsville.

The Washington Post has identified the 6/10 homicide victim as Rahiem Moore. There is not much more information about the homicide, except WaPo has decided to write more than a 200 word article about a homicide in Columbia Heights, including the fact that there are people drinking in public, drug dealing, etc. in the area this man was killed.

Maybe I’m just becoming jaded, but after reading the article all I could think of was, really? Drug dealing and people drinking in public? You’re really breaking news on that one, WaPo.

A sad round-up. It’s not been a great few days…

The Heights Life has more information about the homicide in Columbia Heights via an email from Council member Jim Graham:

According to MPD, just minutes ago, a 25 year old African American was shot dead in what is reportedly a drive by shooting on the 1300 block of Columbia Rd NW. A silver SUV was seen leaving the site. Police indicate that this as a targeted shooting.

There were many shots fired at 1310 Columbia Rd.

Another man with gun shot wounds apparently took himself to MedStar. It is not clear now whether there is any connection between the two shootings.

I’d like some more reporting on this story from local news outlets. I still can find nearly no information on this, let alone on the stabbing that was on my block a week ago. I’m just a lowly blogger with some experience in journalism, but I’m doing my best to stay informed.

UPDATE to the update: DCist is reporting that the homicide victim isn’t 25, but instead 17-year-old Paul Jones. Not sure who to believe, DCist via WJLA or Jim Graham.

Last night at approximately 9:15 there was a homicide in Columbia Heights, in an alley at 1300 Columbia Road. The victim died of gun shot(s) sustained during a shooting. MPD’s Third District has all available information on their listserv.

There is very little information on the web other than the Third District listserv. In general, though, I’ve found their listserv is updated regularly and while it doesn’t have a ton of information about crimes committed, it has the basic information, so use that as a resource if you want to learn more about crime happening in the Third District.

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