- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A second man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting near a Caribbean Festival in Northwest last month, Metropolitan police said Tuesday.

Deonte J. Bryant, 20, of Northwest was taken into custody by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force on a warrant charging him with second-degree murder while armed.

Mr. Bryant is the second person arrested in connection with the June 25 shooting, which killed Robert Foster Jr., 43, and injured two other innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire of two rival gangs.

A fourth man injured in the shooting was later arrested in connection with the incident. Terry Jiminez, 19, was also charged with second-degree murder.

The spray of gunfire in the 700 block of Gresham Place erupted just about 5 p.m., when Mr. Jiminez and two companions followed three men from Georgia Avenue, where the Caribbean Festival parade had ended, onto the residential street, police charging documents filed in Mr. Jiminez’s case state.

After following the men about halfway up the block, Mr. Jiminez took cover behind a parked car and began firing at the men he had pursued. Two of the men fired back, trapping numerous people in the crossfire between the two groups.

Mr. Jiminez was a member of a neighborhood gang who had left the D.C. area for Buffalo, N.Y., after witnessing the slaying of a close friend in February. He reappeared in the neighborhood shortly before the festival.

The charging documents say that Mr. Jiminez was the intended target of a Feb. 19 shooting. The incident was the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Cardozo High School student Lucki Nancy Pannell, who was struck outside a house in the 3000 block of Sherman Avenue in Northwest where she lived.

Police said in court documents that Mr. Jiminez initially indicated after the recent shooting that he was the one targeted by his adversaries.

However surveillance video of the shootout indicates Mr. Jiminez was the aggressor, charging documents state.