The suspects charged in the mass shooting in March that left 13 people injured on North Capitol Street were hunting for rival gang members they blamed for a series of attacks that included a homicide, according to court documents filed Friday.
Authorities said the four men who are in custody cased out a nightclub off New York Avenue and saw a member of the Sursum Corda/10th & G Street Group. Knowing that patrons often hung out in front of Tyler House, a subsidized-apartment building, after the club closed, members of the 8th Street Group returned there later, armed and in two cars, the documents state.
According to the police account, one suspect said, “Gonna [expletive] the whole Tyler House.” Police said more than 50 bullets were fired during an exchange of gunfire.
The account is the first time authorities have publicly provided an alleged motive in the shooting spree that occurred shortly after 2 a.m. on March 11 and was captured on surveillance video. Police said Friday that they recovered 38 9mm shell casings along the 1200 block of North Capitol St. NW, fired from two cars, and 15
.40-caliber casings near North Capitol and M streets, fired back from the street.