Dwayne Grandson was seen running from suspect, documents say

Dwayne Grandson, 24, was found dead in a parking lot, minutes after he was seen on surveillance footage being chased by a black male, according to charging documents.

According to police, in November 2015, officers arrived at the 2500 block of Pennsylvania Ave., SE and found Grandson with an apparent gunshot wound to the torso lying between two parked cars in a parking lot in front of a Wah-Sing restaurant.

Shortly after finding Grandson, officers found 25-year-old Clifton Johnson kneeling on the street across from the restaurant suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

Both were brought to a nearby hospital, where Grandson succumbed to his injuries and was eventually pronounced dead. Johnson was admitted in critical condition.

While at the hospital, police noted that Johnson was wearing a black shirt with “19” on it, black shorts and a red, white and blue shirt. The report also noted a gun was found near both Grandson and Johnson respectively.

Prior to the incident, surveillance footage showed Grandson walk out of the restaurant while on the phone. Seconds later, Grandson can be seen running from a black male wearing the same clothes police noted Johnson was wearing while at the hospital.

An eyewitness told police they saw Grandson speaking on the phone in the restaurant and seconds later described a man matching Johnson’s description firing a gun. After the shooting, the witness checked the area and said they saw Grandson lying on the ground in front of the Wah-Sing restaurant.

A month after the alleged murder, Johnson was arrested and charged with first-degree murder for his alleged involvement in Grandson’s murder.

Johnson is being held without bond as he awaits the start of trial on April 14.

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