Suspects charged in N. Capitol Street drive-by shooting ordered - KMSP-TV

Suspects charged in N. Capitol Street drive-by shooting ordered held without bond

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For the first time, we are learning what investigators believe was the motive behind a drive-by shooting on North Capitol Street that wounded 13 people in March.

Court documents filed Friday say the gunfire was in retaliation for two other shootings and a murder that preceded a fight inside Fur Nightclub.

Investigators spelled out their evidence in a seven-page affidavit claiming the night’s events began inside Fur Nightclub when three men crossed paths with a man from a rival group who they suspected as the gunman they were looking for.

According to the affidavit, there was a fight and words were exchanged before the men left the club, returned to their cars and plotted a way to retaliate.

According to the affidavit, Andrew Allen, Arnell Smith and a man identified as witness number four belong to the 8th Street Group and had a long running beef with the Sursum Corda/10th and G Group.

While inside Fur, the affidavit says the men from 8th Street saw the man they were looking for who made a shooting motion with his hand and mouthed the words, "I'll kill you all.”

According to the affidavit, Allen was extremely agitated and wanted to retaliate against the Sursum Corda neighborhood.

After driving around looking for the gunman and not finding him, Allen and the others decided to open fire on the Tyler House Apartments using 9 mm handguns with extended clips.

It was a shooting that was captured by surveillance cameras mounted on a building nearby.

"Imagine if you were in your bed and you heard a lot of gunshots,” said a resident of the building the day after the shooting. “What would you think? It scared me to death. I got out of bed (and ducked down).”

Evidence recovered from the scene showed two gunmen fired back with .40 caliber handguns.

And despite the alleged shooters attempts to cover up the crime, the affidavit says both cars ran a red light a few blocks away where a red light camera was positioned and snapped their pictures.

Andrew Allen and Keith Bobb made their first appearances in D.C. Superior Court Friday where they were both ordered held without bond.

The affidavit also suggests a man who was arrested shortly after the shooting is now cooperating with the government.

A fourth man, Arnell Smith, is locked up in Maryland, and at the moment, he is not facing charges in the drive-by shooting.


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