Police continue to search for two men who shot eight people in Northwest early Saturday.
One of the victims, 32-year-old Algernon Jones, was killed. Jones leaves behind a 10-year-old daughter.
“He was a good father. He would literally give you the shirt off his back,” said Annie Ubom, Jones’ ex-girlfriend. ”He was just that good of a person.”
Ubom was in tears as she spoke about Jones, her high school sweetheart.
“More than just the father of my child, that's my best friend,” she said. “That was my family.”
Jones was at a gathering outside an apartment complex in the 100 block of Q Street in the Truxton Circle neighborhood when he was shot. Police said at around 1 a.m., two men started shooting, hitting seven men and one woman. Police aren’t revealing what led up to the gunfire or what the motive might have been.
“It’s alarming,” said Cmrd. William Fitzgerald. “It’s very upsetting. I mean, it's just a whole range of emotions because it shows you the callousness of the shooters.”
Seven of the victims were taken to area hospitals and are expected to recover. Police said Jones was shot multiple times and died on scene.
“He was outside just having a good time and he was killed,” said Ubom.
In a matter of moments, Ubom and her daughter lost someone they loved and depended on.
“No matter if he had to walk, ride his bike, get a metro, he would be there for you, no matter what,” Ubom said.
She had a message for the men responsible.
“If you know what I'm going through right now, you know that I have a child, please just turn yourself in,” she said. “My daughter is grieving. God forbid that you should change my daughter’s whole life because you took her father away. So please, if you have a heart, you will turn yourself for my daughter.”
Both suspects are described as black males wearing dark clothing. They were last seen fleeing the scene in a black vehicle with tinted windows, heading eastbound on Q Street, Northwest.
The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible 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 sending a text message to 50411.