WASHINGTON - Court documents released on Tuesday has revealed more about the tragic death of a 14-year-old Steven Slaughter.
The teenage boy was shot and killed on Jan. 14 as he walked along Minnesota Avenue in Southeast D.C. during an apparent robbery attempt.
Two friends with him say they were walking back from a nearby 7-Eleven at around 7 p.m. and were less than a block from Slaughter’s home. They reported passing a black sedan parked near Garden Memorial Presbyterian Church. Other witnesses reported seeing the suspect in a silver car.
According to court documents, “W-1 (Witness 1) stated IT looked back over its shoulder and observed a male individual come up behind them with a gun. W-1 reported IT immediately took off running and heard approximately three (3) gunshots.”
All witness accounts say the boys ran and Slaughter was hit. Court records show three bullets pierced him from behind in the right rear waist, the right upper buttocks and the right palm.
Witnesses report running for cover when they heard the gunfire – and heard Slaughter yelling for help after being hit.
A suspect description was not detailed enough for police to go on. But detectives got a tip about a silver Mercedes stolen in an armed carjacking on Jan. 8 that may have been used in the shooting. Using surveillance video and GPS records, detectives were able to track the Mercedes down on Jan. 18. They found a gun in the glove box, which matched bullet casings recovered from the scene.
Police also pulled a fingerprint from the rearview mirror and identified it as belonging to Anthony Deandre Allen.
According to court documents, Allen allegedly admitted to being in the car as he and others were prowling the area for people to rob, but says it was someone else in the car who got out and started shooting. Police have not released the identities of the other people in the car.
Allen has been charged with first-degree murder. He is due back in court on April 13.