Young Father Killed in Northeast DC While Headed to Son's Graduation

A young father was on his way to his son's graduation when he was shot and killed in Northeast D.C. Wednesday morning, police said. 

Darryl Johnson, 27, left his apartment on 62nd Street NE, blocks away from the Marvin Gaye Recreation Center. He was headed to his car when shots rang out, killing him.

Johnson was going to his son's elementary school graduation before the shooting occurred. 

"He was just going to his son's graduation," said Ernie Johnson, the victim's uncle. "Someone just came past and ... shot him up, and no one out here wants to talk."

More than 15 shell casings covered the street. Seven shots went into a minivan and one of the bullets came into the apartment of a senior citizen, who wasn't home at the time of the shooting. 

"It's sad, it really is, that you can't get along with each other in this world no more," Ernie Johnson said.

Police are still looking for a motive and a suspect of the crime.

"People just don't care anymore. That's the only thing I can get out of it," a resident said. 

Anyone with information about the shooting should call police at 202-727-9099 or text a tip to 50411. D.C. police offer a reward up to $25,000 to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for a homicide in the city.  

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