Demetrius Jones, 41, of D.C., is dead after being shot multiple times in Northeast on Friday morning, according to D.C. police.
A District man is dead after being shot multiple times in Northeast on Friday morning, according to D.C. police.
Demetrius Jones, 41, of Northeast, was found at approximately 10:44 a.m. in the in the 1700 block of Gales Street by officers, police said.
Jones was transported by D.C. Fire and EMS to a hospital where he died after “all life-saving efforts failed,” according to police.
Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting, which happened near the Rosedale Recreation Center.
D.C. police said it is offering 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 city.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099 or they may choose to submit anonymous information to the D.C. police text tip line by sending a text message to 50411.
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For seven weeks after the city shut down the hotel they called home, Vurla and Gary Holland bounced between the Red Roof Inn and the People’s City Mission.
The retirees who live off their Social Security income had called the Oasis Inn and Suites, 5250 Cornhusker Highway, home for about a year when news came in June that the city was fed up with the hotel’s cyclical disrepair and nuisance conditions.
Bug infestations, scattered pet feces, inoperable fire alarms, water leaks, heating issues, doors that wouldn’t latch and a disproportionate number of police calls were among the issues the city would no longer tolerate.
At a hearing June 29, city officials made the rare decision to revoke the 114-unit hotel’s operating permit and ordered it shut down onAug. 31.City officials also pledged they had a response team to help the soon-to-be-displaced Oasis residents find new housing.
“We’ve been looking ever since we got the news,” Vurla Holland, 66, said in mid-September.
CenterPointe staff worked with the Hollands as part of the Lincoln Homeless Coalition’s response to the shutdown.
Like many of the close to 100 residents who were displaced this summer, the Hollands originally found refuge in the hotel when they were kicked out of their apartment.
Criminal histories, past evictions and poor or non-existent financial credit landed and kept many residents at Oasis long term.
Though the city’s closure of the hotel was largely orderly, many former residents, such as the Hollands, found themselves on meandering paths to a place of their own.
Twenty-seven residents stayed until the last day, Aug. 31, Oasis owner Paul Holt said.
One man, whose habit of hoarding had him blacklisted elsewhere, remained until the final walk-through that evening.
“He just didn’t want to go anywhere else,” Holt said.
Hotel staff got him a ride to the People’s City Mission.
Holt, whose family lives in St. Louis, has spent much of his time working on the hotel in the weeks since.
He bought the hotel, which was once the Holiday Inn Northeast, in 2013 and inherited a host of mechanical and cultural problems, but he’d sought to make repairs.
His attempts to raise rates to price out some problematic renters failed to stick when he faced steep bills to repair, maintain and address problems with the building and finance its operations, he said.
Each time he sought to address a problem the city identified, a new problem arose, he said.