- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 27, 2007


A D.C. man was killed and another was shot by police after an early-morning altercation yesterday outside a nightclub in Southwest, according to the Metropolitan Police Department

Police officials said two groups who appeared to have been fighting at about 4 a.m. were kicked out of H2O nightclub in the 800 block of Water Street in Southwest. The fighting continued outside with one of the men purportedly shooting another in the head before fleeing.

Officers nearby witnessed the shooting and chased the suspect on foot.

The suspect turned his weapon on police, and one officer shot him in the hand, thigh and groin area, according to police.

The suspect has been identified as Rashod Charles Holmes, 26, of Northwest. He is charged with second-degree murder.

The victim who was shot in the head has been identified as Nelson James Able Jr., 39, of Northwest. He was pronounced dead at George Washington University Hospital.

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier has ordered the nightclub closed for at least 96 hours while the incident is investigated.

The police department reports 66 homicides so far in 2007, compared with 58 at this time last year.

This is not the first time that city officials have recently closed a club as a result of violence.

In the past three years, three in the U Street Northwest corridor were closed: Club U in the Reeves Center; Kili’s Cafe near Howard University and Smarta/Broadway on Ninth Street.

The most recent incident occurred at the Smarta/Broadway club. Taleshia Ford, 17, of the District, was killed Jan. 20 when a clubgoer fired his gun during a scuffle with a bouncer.

In March, Prince George’s County officials attempted to shut down nine clubs where violent crimes occurred.

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