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Man murdered near Deanwood Metro

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Washington, D.C. -- Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred in the 4700 block of Minnesota Avenue NE last night.

Police say around 9:35 p.m. Sunday, officers from the 6th District were summoned to 48th Street and Minnesota Avenue NE to investigate the sounds of gunshots.

Upon their arrival, officers discovered a man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds in the 4700 block of Minnesota Avenue NE, across the street from the Deanwood Metro Station.

D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel took the victim to a Maryland trauma center, where he was later pronounced dead.

The decedent was taken to the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland in Baltimore pending an autopsy.

Police later identified the victim as 22-year-old Delonta Lavale Martin, of Northeast, D.C.

Police have not speculated on a motive or suspects.

This is the city's 68th homicide. Homicides are up more than 35 percent over this time last year. For homicide totals for the past 20 years see the MPD website.

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 this case 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.