Photo of the 2nd & D shelter building taken from across the street with a fence and "Do Not Enter" street sign in the foreground.
credit: Rachel Cain / File Photo

On Monday, July 2, a man was shot with a handgun and killed near the entrance to the Community for Creative Nonviolence shelter located at 2nd and D Streets NW. William Mayo, a 34-year-old resident of Southeast D.C., was transported to a local area hospital and pronounced dead at 6:03 p.m., according to a police report.

Two sources in the homeless community independently contacted Street Sense Media to report the incident. Both alleged that the shooter is a resident at the shelter and requested anonymity for their own safety while he remains at-large.

“This happened a block away from MPD headquarters,” said one. “Eight shots were fired around the same location two weeks before it happened. Then the week before that, I heard semi-automatic gunfire there behind the One Judiciary Square building. No one seemed to take interest then.”

The same source reported fear among shelter residents, some for personal safety in case of more violence and others for “snitches.” 

The Metropolitan Police Department offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia, according to a press release about the incident. Anyone with information may call the police at 202-727-9099 or send anonymous information via text message to 50411.