Updated Mar 15, 2022 - News

Suspect caught in shootings of homeless in New York and D.C.

From left to right, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, D.C. police chief Robert Contee, and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser
From left: New York City Mayor Eric Adams, D.C. police chief Robert Contee and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser at a press conference yesterday in D.C. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Law enforcement early Tuesday morning arrested a man wanted in a series of shootings — including two fatal — against men experiencing homelessness in the nation's capital and New York City.

Driving the news: Details about the suspect were not immediately released after the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said its agents arrested him in Southeast D.C.

  • The arrest came hours after the mayors of D.C. and New York City gave a press conference together in the District, releasing new photos of the suspect involved in shooting at least five unhoused people sleeping on the street.
  • The Metropolitan Police Department said the suspect was being interviewed this morning by the department's homicide branch, and more information would be forthcoming.

What they're saying: "We said that the work to remove this man from our streets was urgent and our communities responded," Bowser said in a new statement.

What's happening: Three men experiencing homelessness sleeping on the streets were shot in D.C. between March 3 and 9, according to police. One died from his injuries.

  • This past weekend, two men were shot in New York City and one died. Officials said the acts looked premeditated and that there was little to no interaction between the shooter and victims.
  • D.C. police chief Robert Contee said that a D.C. detective first drew a connection between the killings after coming across news of the shootings in New York before further investigative work tied the killings.
  • Ballistics analysis shows the same firearm was used in the shootings, police said.

"Homelessness should not be a homicide," New York City Mayor Eric Adams said Monday night. "This was a cold-blooded attack."

What's next: The mayors had called on all unhoused people to seek shelter, vowing no one will be turned away.

  • Adams and Bowser both defended their policies in their cities to move unhoused people off streets and encampments.
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