Man Who Allegedly Shot 5 Homeless Men in NYC and DC Has Been Arrested - DMT NEWS

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Man Who Allegedly Shot 5 Homeless Men in NYC and DC Has Been Arrested

Police have arrested the man who allegedly shot five homeless people and killed two of them in the streets of Washington, D.C. and New York over the last several weeks.

The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) confirmed the arrest around 2:30 a.m. local time Tuesday. Authorities have not yet identified the suspect but say that he was transported to the Metropolitan Police’s homicide branch for an interview.

“We are glad this dangerous individual is off the streets,” the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweeted Tuesday.

A spokesperson with D.C. Police told VICE News that the department plans to hold a press conference with more information regarding the arrest later on Tuesday.

Just two days earlier, D.C. police, the New York Police Department, and the ATF announced a joint investigation into the series of shootings that began earlier this month. The agencies offered $55,000 to anyone with information leading to an arrest and publicized images from surveillance footage showing a bearded, bald man.

As homelessness has risen in the U.S. in the last four years, so has violence committed against them, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. The population’s lack of stable housing makes them vulnerable to particularly violent attacks like rape, stabbings, or arson.

Both Washington, D.C. and New York City—and even the nearby city of Newark—warned their homeless population about the attacks and advised them to stay inside.

“We urged them with three goals,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said. “To warn them and seek shelter. To ask them if they’ve encountered this subject from the pictures we showed them. And to ensure that there were no undiscovered victims.”

The first three shootings took place in Washington, D.C. between March 3 and March 8. Two individuals were shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The remains of at least one homeless individual, however, was discovered after police noticed a burning homeless tent in the early morning hours of March 9. This person’s death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy revealed they were shot and stabbed multiple times before their body caught fire.

On March 12, two more homeless men, this time in New York City’s Lower Manhattan, were found shot, according to police. While one of these individuals suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and survived, the other was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Trone Dowd, Khareem Sudlow