Police seek 6 persons of interest in fatal shooting of AU graduate

WASHINGTON -- D.C. police released surveillance video of six persons of interest believed to be connected in the killing of a recent American University graduate.

Matthew Shlonsky was shot to death in the area of 7th and S Streets in Northwest D.C. near the Shaw-Howard U Metro station last Saturday afternoon. The 23-year-old is the second American University graduate to be killed this summer.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier said evidence was recovered that showed two people fired from two separate corners of 7th and S Streets.

A burgundy Chrysler 300 was seen fleeing the area shortly after the shooting, Lanier said. It is unknown if people inside the car fired shots in the area as well.

Police said they received reports that the vehicle was later seen at 6th and S Streets, NW, where the driver pointed a gun at another car before driving away.

The car was also reported to be in the 1900 block of 4th Street, NW, driving at a high rate of speed. The driver exchanged words with an individual before firing multiple shots at the person.

The driver of the Chrysler 300 is described as a black male in his 20s with dark complexion and dreadlocks or twists in his hair.

Lanier said police recovered the vehicle in Northeast D.C. The car was stolen in a burglary on August 11 in Bowie, Maryland.

The first portion of the surveillance video shows three persons of interest from a burglary in the 4200 block of Argyle Terrace on August 12. Police believe these three may have been inside the burgundy Chrysler seen on Saturday.

The second portion of the video shows a second vehicle of interest and three other persons of interest in the area of 7th and S Streets on Saturday afternoon.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call D.C. Police at (202) 727-9099.

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