Washington, D.C. --- Police are investigating two double shootings on Saturday that have left two men dead and two others injured. This comes during another "All Hands On Deck" crime initiative.
The first double shooting was reported around 1:14 a.m. Saturday at the Valero gas station at 22 Florida Avenue NW. One man was killed and a second was injured.
Police identified the dead man as 28-year-old Freddy Bernard Hawkins of Northeast.
Officers arriving at the shooting scene spotted a car speeding from the gas station parking lot. Police pursued the fleeing vehicle and eventually apprehended four persons who were inside.
Police charged 20-year-old Justine Wilson of Southeast with Murder II while Armed and Assault with the Intent to Kill (AWIK) and 23-year-old Reese Williams, also of Southeast, with Accessory After the Fact.
Around 11:14 p.m. Saturday, a woman and man were shot in the 3000 block of Stanton Road SE. The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was taken to a trauma center with gunshot wounds to the breast and back. Police later identified the male victim as 23-year-old William Deon Howard of Southeast.
These shootings come during the controversial "All Hands On Deck" (AHOD) anti-crime initiative which started with the evening shift on Friday. During the AHOD, with a few exceptions, nearly every officer is expected to work a patrol assignment for two shifts in the 48-hour AHOD period.
Officers' days off and working hours are changed to accommodate the AHOD. The department continues to use AHOD despite court and arbitrator decisions that the AHOD violates the police union contract and District law. The consequence of continuing future AHODs could cost the city millions of dollars.
FOP Chairman, Kristopher Baumann, said Sunday that "AHOD is, as the Chief has repeatedly acknowledged, a public relations initiative. The amount of crime or level of violence in the District on any given weekend is not going to be impacted by public relations. The questions become, was it worth [it] to spend millions and million of dollars and violate District law for a public relations campaign? There are a lot better ways that money could have been spent. Remember, we cut 400 police positions during that same time frame."