Prosecution Describes Vengeance That Led to Mass Shooting

Opening Day of South Capitol Street mass shootings

By Pat Collins
|  Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012  |  Updated 10:46 PM EDT
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Opening Statements in D.C. Mass Shooting Trial

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Four teenagers were killed in a multiple shooting on South Capital Street in southeast D.C. on March 30, 2010.

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Opening Statements in D.C. Mass Shooting Trial

Prosecutors say a dispute over a cheap bracelet sparked one of the deadliest drive-by shootings in D.C. history, News4's Pat Collins reports. (Courtroom sketches by Bill Hennessy.)
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A cheap bracelet sparked one of the deadliest drive-by shootings in D.C. history prosecutors said on the opening day of trial for five men accused in the violence.

Four people died in the March 30, 2010, rampage, and six more were wounded. The motive for the drive-by goes back eight days earlier.

Jordan Howe was killed and two others were wounded in a misdirected dispute over a missing fake-diamond bracelet, prosecutors said. On March 22, Sanquan Carter couldn’t find his bracelet and mistakenly thought Howe had something to do with it, prosecutors said.

The next day, Howe’s friends shot and wounded Carter’s brother Orlando Carter, prosecutors said. After being treated and released, he began making plans for revenge, prosecutors said.

March 30, the day of Howe’s funeral, Orlando Carter and cohorts went out to shoot as many of Howe’s friends as they could, prosecutors said. They opened fire on a group of mourners on South Capitol Street SE.

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