Wagswoofs – A murder charge has been filed against a suspect who allegedly shot and killed a man after a confrontation at DC Doors. DC Doors is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting members of the Latino community in obtaining housing.
22-year-old Clarence McKnight is currently facing second-degree murder charges for the tragic death of 23-year-old Brandon Lewis, as stated by the police.
The incident, which resulted in a tragic outcome, unfolded at the housing center situated at 900 Rhode Island Ave., NE. It all started around 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 1. During that time, McKnight was inside the bathroom when he heard someone banging on the door. The person outside was urgently requesting McKnight to hurry up as he needed to use the bathroom.
McKnight exited the bathroom after a series of knocks and approached the individual who had been aggressively pounding on the door. He confronted the man, issuing threats and inquiring if he desired a physical altercation.
They stepped outside, and the man expressed his willingness to fight McKnight. However, when McKnight noticed that the man was accompanied by another individual, later identified as Lewis, he hesitated. He didn’t want to engage in a fight, fearing that both of them would attack him.
According to McKnight, he attempted to walk away, but the men persisted in following him. He decided to navigate around the building before ultimately returning indoors to the DC Doors building.
After reviewing the CCTV footage, the police were able to confirm that the men re-entered the building.
D.C. Fire and EMS swiftly responded to the incident and transported Lewis to MedStar Hospital. Tragically, he was pronounced dead shortly after 7:15 p.m.
McKnight was apprehended shortly after the incident. As stated in the court documents, he informed the police during his interview that “the entire situation was messed up and could have been prevented from both sides.”
The preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on December 13th.