Members of a northeast D.C. community demand details after a man shot a 13-year-old Black boy on Saturday. Fox 5 reports the Metropolitan Police Department responded to a shooting around 3:56 a.m. Upon arriving on the scene, authorities found the homeowner who killed the boy performing CPR on him. The young teen was later identified as Karon Blake.
Ambulances transported the 13-year-old to a local hospital, where he died after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds.
Investigators told Fox 5 the unidentified man confronted Blake after he claimed to see him tampering with cars on the block.
The outlet added there were no reports that Blake had a weapon.
While surveying the scene, investigators found a stolen car in the vicinity that could be linked to Blake.
Neighbors reportedly saw two other unidentified minors fleeing from the scene at the time of the shooting. The gunshots in the quiet neighborhood prompted the 911 call; reports did not identify who made it.
Police state the homeowner’s gun is registered, and he is cooperating with them.
Although the unidentified man is not withholding information, some residents within the area feel that authorities are.
Ward 5 Councilmember Zachary Parker told the outlet that he is questioning what police know about the fatal shooting.
“I’m at a loss for words as to what would possess a resident to take matters into their own hands and take the life of a young person,” he said, according to Fox 5.
Parker also commented on constituent concerns.
“One is just the amount of crime and incidents happening across the city,” Parker said. “The other is also related to this case and how little information is being released about the person that took Karon’s life, and so I’m joining on neighbors and calling on MPD to release information and to hold the individual accountable.”
He later issued a press release calling for individuals to participate in a community meeting where they would be able to speak with police department representatives.
The shooting happened near Brookland Middle School, where Blake was a student.
Administrators and faculty spoke highly of the young teen and his pleasant demeanor.
Fox 5 shared a message sent to parents:
“He was a quiet and inquisitive scholar who loved fashion and football. Although he loved his neighborhood, he loved Brookland MS (the faculty & his peers) and the structure it presented to him even more. He leaves behind his mom and three younger siblings,” the statement reads.
The principal stated the school is offering mental health support to its students and families to honor the life of Blake.
D.C. Councilmember Christina Henderson said she would check in with D.C. Public Schools and the Department of Behavioral Health to ensure the school received the proper support.
Police state the investigation is ongoing as they determine whether to charge the homeowner.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports the community is upset because the homeowner remains free, and authorities haven’t even released his name.
Homeowner ≠ Upstanding citizen
The headline should read, “Vigilante Murders Black Child. Police refuse to Arrest.”https://t.co/JeTQ0UXzVG
— PRO-CHOICE Caroline V. (@carolinevrescue) January 9, 2023