Suspect in Shaw murder turns himself in, ordered held without bond

A suspect in the murder of an American University graduate in the Shaw neighborhood last weekend has turned himself in.

He was taken into custody around 4:30 a.m. and was ordered held without bond Friday afternoon.

Marcus King, 19, faces a charge of second-degree murder while armed in the shooting death of 23-year-old Matthew Shlonsky.

Shlonsky was shot and killed outside the Shaw-Howard U Metro station on Saturday afternoon. The shooting happened right across the street from a daycare center, which was closed at the time. Police believe Shlonsky was caught in the crossfire between two shooters, and was not the intended target.

A court affidavit revealed new information about King and what transpired before Shlonsky's death. Two confidential informants contacted a Secret Service agent and a homicide investigator after last Saturday's shooting and identified King as a person who fired a handgun in the 1700 block of 7th Street, NW.

The affidavit says numerous witnesses saw two men near the Log Cabin Liquors store just before 5 p.m. shouting out questions and yelling to get out of the way before gunfire broke out. Witnesses also say a man in a polo shirt started shooting.

King told police he was firing at a man in a car driving by who had fired at him first. However, a bullet struck Shlonsky in the chest killing him. Shlonsky had just got out of a cab on his way to a party.

Police found 18 shell casings from a .40-caliber handgun. King admitted in having a .40-caliber handgun.

King is a member of the 8th and R crew and had been wounded the week before, according to the court affidavit.

Shlonsky recently graduated from American University, and worked at Deloitte. He was also a former intern for Ohio Senator Rob Portman.

Resident and city leaders have expressed concern over the violent crime that has taken place in recent weeks in the Shaw neighborhood.