- The Washington Times - Monday, January 2, 2006

The District’s last homicide victim of 2005 was the 15-year-old grandson of former D.C. Council member Sandy Allen.

The Metropolitan Police Department said yesterday that Jon Allen Jr. was fatally shot about 1:15 p.m. Saturday in the 3400 block of 13th Place Southeast, part of the Ward 8 community formerly represented by Mrs. Allen, a Democrat.

Police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile said witnesses told police that a late-model dark blue or purple minivan drove up the block and a man got out and fired several times.

“It’s unclear who, if anyone, was the intended target of the gunman,” Sgt. Gentile said.

The teen, who lived less than a half-mile away in the 3300 block of 14th Place Southeast, was hit in the body. He was transported to Howard University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m.

Sgt. Gentile described the shooter as a black man wearing a dark coat and dark pants. The spokesman said there was another black man in the car, but police have no further description of either of the men.

The incident occurred on the other side of the block from where Jon’s father, Jon Allen Sr., was grazed on the forehead by a bullet during a shooting that injured four persons in September 2003.

Mrs. Allen said at the time that her son, then 38, was talking to friends outside the Congress Park Plaza apartment complex in Southeast at about 10:30 p.m. when he was wounded in what he thought was a drive-by shooting.

In August, another of Mrs. Allen’s grandsons, 18-year-old Russell Mitchell, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the killing of a Southeast woman.

Police said the teen was part of a group of as many as eight young men who opened fire outside an apartment complex in the 2700 block of Robinson Place Southeast on Aug. 17.

Dorine Fostion, 46, was standing near the window of her fourth-floor apartment at about 10:20 p.m. when she was struck in the body by a stray bullet.

Police said the shots might have been an attempt by the group to send a message to a rival group.

Mrs. Allen served two terms on the council before losing her Ward 8 seat in 2004 to former Mayor Marion Barry. She recently accepted a nomination to serve on the District’s Taxicab Commission.

After that election defeat, many residents in her ward said they did not support her because she did not maintain a presence in the community and was inattentive to their concerns, which included rampant violence and a thriving drug trade.

Mrs. Allen could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The New Year’s Eve killing pushed the preliminary number of homicides in the District in 2005 to 195, three fewer than in 2004. If the total stands, it will be the first time since 1985 and 1986 that the District had back-to-back years with fewer than 200 homicides and the third straight year that the number of killings has declined.

Preliminary statistics show that the number of homicides in the 7th Police District, which includes Ward 8, was up 16 percent through November, from 49 killings in 2004 to 57 in 2005. Statistics for the full year were not available.

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