DC police are looking for the gunmen who chased and killed an 18-year-old man on 14th Street in Northwest DC on Friday.
Surveillance cameras captured the terrifying scene, and now a heartbroken grandmother is left to mourn a tragedy she tried so hard to avoid.
The victim was identified as resident Anthony Arper.
According to Arper’s grandmother, who took him in when he was only 3 years old, the young man started getting into trouble around 10th grade and spent his later years hanging out with the wrong people.
His heartbroken grandmother was afraid that something like this would happen.
“He made it to the 11th [grade]† And then I took him out of DC for a year and a half [because of a] behavioral problem he had,” she said. “When he got out of Florida, he went out on the streets and hung out with the same old people.”
Arper’s story may be more common than many think.
“He had a lot of support, he just got on the wrong track with the wrong people,” his grandmother said.
Before the shooting, she said her grandson “napped here for about three or four hours. Then he decided to get dressed and came down at 12 that night… He told me he wasn’t coming back.”
And not Arper.
Surveillance video shows him walking down the sidewalk as two people dressed in dark clothes cross the street and start chasing him. Then the pair ran after Arper down 14th Street NW.
Just before a Metrobus stops at the intersection in the 3700 bock of 14th Street, the victim rushes back across the street and manages to get aboard after being shot.
There, officers found him around 1:43 a.m. Police said he had multiple gunshot wounds.
Doctors took him to a hospital, where he died a short time later.
†[It was the] the next morning, I think around 12:30 or something like that when I got a knock on the door, and I said that must be Anthony. So when I opened the door, there were two detectives there,” his grandmother said. “It was very sad, it was very sad. But he wasn’t listening, and I wasn’t really surprised because he wasn’t listening to anyone.”
Arper was only a few credits short of completing high school. The murder marks the 70th in the country’s capital.
The police are still looking for suspects, a possible motive is not yet known.