On Wednesday morning, Channel Johnson, 18, attempted to rob a 22-year-old man on the streets of Washington D.C., wielding a sawed-off shotgun. In the ensuing struggle, Johnson lost control of his gun. The would-be victim then shot Johnson in the back with his own gun.
Johnson was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries, and he died within hours. My Fox DC reported that the 22-year-old was cooperative with police and remained at the scene after the shooting. Johnson’s dark jacket and shotgun were still at the crime scene after the shooting.
According to the Washington Post, Johnson’s death is being classified as an ongoing death investigation- not a homicide. Charges have not been filed against the shooter and Daily Mail reports that police do not anticipate charging the unidentified man.
That incident was one of at least three unrelated shootings in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. A juvenile and an adult man were both shot in separate incidents that afternoon; the condition of those victims remains unknown. Daily Mail reported there was another shooting that day, but that victim was alive when they were transported to a local hospital.
The nation’s capital is notorious for its high crime rates, however those numbers have been declining in recent years. According to the FBI, there were 1,219 violent crimes in Washington D.C. in 2013, which is far higher than the national average.