Fifth Suspect in SE Mass Shootings Arrested

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    The fifth suspect in last month's drive-by shooting that killed four and injured five in southeast D.C. is in custody.

    Jeffrey D. Best, 21, was arrested Monday morning in Southeast on four counts of first-degree murder while armed and one count of felony murder while armed.

    “We are very pleased to announce the final arrest in this case,” said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. “While I know this does not alleviate the pain caused by these heinous acts, this arrest closes a chapter in this tragedy.”

    Three suspects were arrested after the mass shooting on March 30, but charges against one of those suspects, a 14-year-old once believed to be the driver, were dismissed on fingerprint evidence last week.

    Two other suspects were arrested Thursday.

    Robert Bost was charged in the death of Tavon Nelson, who was shot before the drive-by. Bost and Best shot Nelson before getting into the minivan that proceeded to the scene of the drive-by on South Capitol Street a few minutes later, according to court documents.

    Lamar Williams, 21, also was charged Friday. He was not in the minivan, according to court documents, but he allegedly provided the AK-47-type weapon used in the drive-by.

    The March 30 mass shooting is believed to be part of a series of retaliatory shootings that started with the March 22 shooting death of Jordan Howe over a missing bracelet.