1 Dead in Shooting Near Funeral on U Street in Northwest DC

Paul Wagner & Roby Chavez, WTTG-TV (Washington, D.C.), September 29, 2010

D.C. police have arrested a man on charges of first-degree murder in connection with a shooting and accident that killed a person in northwest Washington.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says 21-year-old Brandon Miller was arrested about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and will likely be arraigned Wednesday.

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FOX 5 has learned that 21-year-old Jamal Coates was killed after a shooting and subsequent car crash near a funeral for a young woman who was recently shot to death.

A cousin of Coates said he had attended the funeral of 21-year-old Ashley McCrae, who was shot Sept. 18 in southeast D.C. McRae was found shot in her car in the 2700 block of Bruce Place. She died later at the hospital.

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The shooting broke out about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday near the Walker Memorial Baptist Church at 2020 13th Street NW.

Two others were injured during the shooting.

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Sources tell FOX 5’s Paul Wagner that two rival gangs had been friendly with McRae and both wanted to attend the funeral.

D.C. Council member Jim Graham, who represents the U Street area, says the shooting was gang related. He said Tuesday that he was told the shooting was the result of “the continuing feud between two rival gangs.”

Graham said that one gang was apparently at a funeral in the area when the other gang showed up.

He said one gang apparently was “taunting” the other, leading to the shooting.

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