Prince George’s county is is on the spot after a Prince George’s county teen has been arrested in the Washington DC shooting which took place at a Northwest Washington, D.C., hotel last month. That fiasco left a woman dead and several others injured, police said.
An eighteen year old Gerald Thomas, of Temple Hills, Maryland, was arrested Saturday morning on charges of second-degree murder while armed. The arrest came a day after D.C. police announced they were looking for Thomas.
The shooting occurred in the early morning of Jan. 27 in the Days Inn located at 4400 Connecticut Avenue NW, in the University of District of Columbia (UDC) Van Ness neighborhood.
According to court documents, Thomas tried to crash a party because his girlfriend was there, got into an argument at the door and opened instant fire, killing 20-year-old Dasha Cleary of Waldorf, Maryland. Cleary appears to have been a bystander in the room, court documents suggest.
Information on how Thomas was found wasn’t immediately released.
Charging documents shed light on how the deadly shooting unfolded during a surprise birthday party with upwards of a dozen people inside the fifth-floor room.
Detectives believe Thomas was trying to get into that party to see his girlfriend because he was angry she was there while other men were present. The girlfriend told detectives Thomas came to get her because he thought she was cheating on him, according to court documents.
When Thomas attempted to get inside the hotel room, there was an argument at the door and Thomas began firing, charging documents say. After examining bullet holes, detectives deduced that one of the injured men inside the hotel room returned fire toward Thomas before fleeing the hotel, court documents say.
According to a victim’s statement reported in court documents, Cleary was dancing at the back of the hotel room when gunfire erupted. She was shot in the head one time, the medical examiner said, and later pronounced dead at a hospital. It appears she was not involved in the dispute at the door.
Two men sought treatment on their own and suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, authorities said. No charges have been brought against anyone accused of returning fire.
Officers responded at about 3:30 a.m. and found a horrific scene: Three women were shot, with at least one in the lobby and another in a room, police said. The hotel room was covered in blood, according to court documents.
Thomas’ girlfriend was one of the women critically injured in the shooting. She is expected to survive after surgery, court documents indicate.
The arrest affidavit includes text messages obtained by detectives between Thomas and his girlfriend’s mother. Thomas allegedly wrote: “I’m so so so sorry this is happening, they tried to kill me” and “I’m going to jail.”
Surveillance video from the hotel helped detectives identify Thomas.
The Days Inn is located in a commercial area with some homes and several businesses. Authorities said after the shooting that members of the community had complained about the hotel before.
Records show D.C. police had been called to the hotel 278 times in the two years leading up to the January shooting. Authorities said it was a big increase over previous years. According to Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee, the hotel’s address has been subject to 73 calls for service since July for incidents ranging from welfare checks to assaults to drug complaints.
The majority of calls police have responded to at the hotel are for what’s listed as “disorderly disturbance.”
Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks released a statement on or around November 15th, 2021 regarding the recent shooting and others involving teens and children. She asked residents to participate in the police departments’ gun buyback program.
“We encourage residents to anonymously turn in guns, no questions asked, to receive free gift cards,” Alsobrooks said. “Stopping violence starts with this community, and this is one way our community can commit to a future where no more families have to suffer the loss of a loved one due to gun violence.”
At the moment, Prince George’s county has become a hub for crimes and all sorts of syndicates due to poor management of it’s school system under corrupt leadership style.