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D.C. murder spree continues despite frigid temps; 4 killed in 8 hours

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Washington, D.C. --- A double homicide Friday night followed by two other unrelated murders early Saturday have doubled the District’s current murder rate over this time last year.

Police say officers on patrol discovered two men shot in the 5000 block of Lee Street NE around 7:45 p.m. Friday. This is just steps from the Antioch Baptist Church in the Deanwood Neighborhood. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead. Police later identified the men as 34-year-old Khalid Jamal Bryant and his brother, 26-year-old Jason Emmanuel Bryant.

Less than five hours later, EMS personnel were summoned to assist with a man down just before 12:20 a.m. Saturday at Ridge Road and D Street SE in the Fort Dupont Park Neighborhood. That is where officials found a man who appeared to have been shot in the back of the head, but police say the injury was later determined to have been caused by "blunt force trauma" to his head and neck. The victim had been taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center in cardiac arrest where he was pronounced dead. Police later identified him as 46-year-old Andre McIntyre.

Around 3 a.m., police say officers found 51-year-old Billy Andre Harris suffering an apparent gunshot wound to the chest in the 4800 block of 9th Street NW in the Petworth Neighborhood. He was taken to MedStar-Washington Hospital Center where he was later pronounced dead.

That brought the 2014 homicide total to 25 – more than double the number at this time last year.

Police have not speculated on suspect information or motive in any of the killings

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about any of these cases is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department's TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.