DC Recorded 19 Homicides in July, All But One from Gunshots

mapSource: DC Witness

The homicide rate in Washington, DC, continued to climb in July, with 19 killings, all but one from gunshots, according to DC Witness, a non-profit group that tracks homicides and their aftermaths.

The July death toll was 19 percent above the 16 homicides that occurred in June and more than 100 percent above the nine homicides that occurred in May.

Ward 8 was the most violent, with 10 homicides. Wards 2, 3, and 4 did not have any homicides in July.

In the one non-gun killing, Lucas Alonzo Thomas was assaulted in the 3100 block of Randle Place, SE on July 28. Thomas, 33, died at a hospital the next day. Police arrested Michael Anthony Grant on the same day.

According to court documents, Grant, 34, told police that he hit Thomas in self defense. Grant said Thomas, who was allegedly drunk at the time, hit him first.

Grant knocked Thomas out with one blow, according to court documents, but then continued to hit him while he lay on the ground. Grant told police that he didn’t think it mattered how many times he hit the victim since the victim struck him first, according to court documents.

Grant is being held without bond.