Two men have died and a third is hurt after a shooting in the Brightwood neighborhood of Northwest D.C. late Tuesday.
Renard Marsh, 25, and Sefjuan Jones, 22, died after someone opened fire on the 6200 block of 8th Street NW, D.C. police said Wednesday.
Marsh's uncle Alfonzo Russell was asleep nearby when he was woken by a hail of gunfire. He went outside and saw his nephew on the ground.
"I watched my nephew Renard die in front of my face," he told News4, evidently in shock. "I watched the blood coming out of him."
Officers were called to the block just after midnight. When they arrived, they found three men with gunshot wounds. All three men were taken to hospitals. Renard and Jones were pronounced dead. The third man has non-life-threatening injuries.
Marsh's family believes he was set up. They say he was on a porch when a number of gunmen made their move. Witnesses said that as Marsh was being shot, he returned fire and killed Jones. Jones, who is from North Carolina, fell dead in the front yard, witnesses said.
The man who was injured received his wounds when friends of the man who shot Marsh returned to the house and opened fire a second time, witnesses said.
Marsh's uncle spoke about his outlook.
"Our world fallen. We have no respect. Nobody have no morals. Nobody have no conscience. Nobody don't care no more. It's every man for himself," he said.
No information on suspects was released immediately.
Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call 202-727-9099. A reward of as much as $25,000 is offered.