DC Housing Employee Shot Thursday in Potomac Gardens Complex

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Commander Kane Provides Update on Shooting in the 1200 Block of I Street SE. Screenshot: pscp.tv/Twitter/@DCPoliceDept

A DC Housing Authority employee was shot in Potomac Gardens apartment complex on Thursday afternoon during his lunch break, MPD First District Commander Morgan Kane told reporters today.

The employee, identified by MPD late Thursday as 36 year-old Marcus Williams of Southeast DC, was eating lunch in his car when he was approached by a suspect. Surveillance video shows a man approaching Williams’s car, parked on the 1200 block of I Street SE. Williams sat inside with the passenger door open. The man pointed a gun at Williams, who emerged from his car with hands up. He ran across the street away from the suspect, taking a path through the Potomac Gardens complex. It was then that Williams was shot.

Patrol cars in the area responded to reports of gunshots around 12:45 p.m. Thursday. Officers found Williams suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and called DC Fire Emergency Medical Services (DCFEMS) to assist. The man was transported to local hospital where all life-saving efforts failed. He was pronounced dead that same afternoon.

First District homicide officers are investigating the killing. They say that robbery is a possible motivation but could not say if anything was taken from Williams or the vehicle.

Police told reporters that while they have video relevant to the case, they are still asking anyone with information to come forward.

Referring to ‘our suspect’ in her remarks to reporters, Kane said that officers were working to corroborate details of Williams role at Potomac Gardens and the motive behind the shooting. “What we are sure of is that tragically, unexpectedly, this gentleman lost his life today,” she said.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099.

Additionally, photos, video and tips may be submitted anonymously to the department’s Text Tip Line by sending a text message to 50411.

This story has been updated to include surveillance video.