Witnesses interviewed in the warrant for Andre Herndon’s arrest say the suspect talked about getting revenge the day before he allegedly killed Navontae Howard.
Witnesses told police Herndon, 20, was angry because he had been jumped by members of a group called Mactown on February 2. On multiple accounts, Herndon was overheard later that day saying he wanted to “get back at” or seek revenge on this Mactown group.
Herndon was a member of the Benning/Trepark group which consisted of several people from 37 Street, SE. According to a witness, this group had been in dispute with the Mactown group, from 34 St. and Minnesota Avenue, SE, since high school. Howard was a loyal member of this Mactown group.
Included in the warrant for Howard’s arrest, multiple witnesses told police they had seen the shooting take place on February 3. Both the Mactown and Benning/Trepark groups were seen approaching one another on the 3500 block of East Capitol St. Both groups argued for a short time. Herndon then took out a handgun and shot first towards the opposing side. Witnesses reported they had seen Howard shooting from the other side as well, but only in defense of Herndon’s shots.
One particular witness explained to the Metropolitan Police homicide detectives that the day after the shooting, Herndon was bragging about shooting Howard and saying, “That’s what he gets.” Another member of the Mactown group was also a suspect during the investigation, but many witnesses explained that the person was standing behind Herndon and could have easily been confused as the shooter.
Because Herndon was seen initiating the fight, he was arrested for Howard’s murder. His preliminary hearing is set for July 15.http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2941027-Andre-Herndon-charging-docs.html