For Immediate Release
ATF Offers $20K Reward for Homicide Suspect
Investigators Are Looking for a Man Responsible for Multiple Shootings of Homeless Victims
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Washington Field Division is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible for multiple shooting incidents in Washington, D.C., and New York City.
This is in addition to a reward of up to $25,000 offered by the Metropolitan Police Department, and the New York Police Department with a reward of up to $6,500. NYPD Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $3,500, bringing the total to a possible reward up to $55,000.
NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell and MPD Chief of Police Robert J. Contee have announced the shootings were committed by the same suspect.
Given the similarity in the modus operandi of the perpetrator, common circumstances involved in each shooting, circumstances of the victims and recovered evidence, the NYPD, the MPDC and ATF are jointly investigating these offenses.
The two most recent shootings occurred in New York City in the early morning hours of March 12. Both incidents involve homeless men who were sleeping on the street and were shot, without provocation, by a male suspect.
Below is the timeline of the five shootings, which includes two homicides.
Washington, D.C. offenses:
Thursday, March 3 at approximately 4 a.m., members of the Fifth District responded to the 1100 block of New York Avenue, Northeast for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, they found an adult male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
On Tuesday, March 8 at approximately 1:21 a.m., members of the Fifth District responded to the 1700 block of H Street, Northeast for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they found an adult male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
On Wednesday, March 9 at approximately 2:54 a.m., a member of the MPD was near the 400 block of New York Avenue, Northeast and observed a tent fire. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. Further investigation revealed the remains of an adult male who was pronounced deceased. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of death was multiple stab and gunshot wounds. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.
New York City offenses:
On March 12 at approximately 4:30 a.m., a 38-year-old male was shot in the arm while sleeping on King Street near Varick Street.
On March 12, at approximately 5 p.m., New York City police responded to a 911 call for an unidentified male suffering from gunshot wounds to the head and neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses in the area reported hearing gunshots at approximately 6 a.m.
Below are images of the suspect in Washington, D.C., and New York City.
Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 888 -ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477). Information can also be sent to ATFTips@atf.gov, through ATF’s website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips. Tips can be submitted anonymously using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App store, or by visiting www.reportit.com.
Additionally, MPD can be contacted at 202-727-9099 or text your tip to MPD's anonymous text tip line at 50411.
Lastly, NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline can also be reached at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.