Man Sentenced for Shooting at D.C. Police Van Near Elementary School

Man sentenced to 100 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release

A D.C. man was sentenced to 100 months in prison Wednesday for shooting at an unmarked van full of police officers within blocks of an elementary school for hearing-impaired students.

Shawn Gray, 25, of Washington, D.C., fired multiple gunshots at an unmarked burgundy minivan with four officers inside on the 1600 block of Montello Ave. in northeast D.C. on Jan. 26, 2013, police said.

The officers were in the neighborhood in a robbery intervention program. They were wearing casual clothing, police said.

The officers spotted Gray acting suspiciously while driving through the area. As the officers drove around and re-entered the block at about 7:10 p.m., Gray shot at the van several times, police said.

One bullet passed between the officers in the van. Others hit houses across the street, police said.

Shortly after fleeing, Gray was found hiding under a parked vehicle in an alley near seven used shell casings, police said. He was arrested on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony, police said.

Gray pleaded guilty to the charges in 2014. 

The incident occurred within blocks of Kendall Demonstration Elementary School, a school for students with hearing impairments. The elementary school is located next to the campus of Gallaudet University, the only university in the world that is designated for hearing-impaired students, according to the university website

Gray was sentenced to 100 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

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