BLOODBATH IN DC – Banana Republic Murder Spree 5 Shot, 2 Dead

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting in Northwest, D.C., that took place soon after a trouble-prone bar, Play DC LOUNGE, closed.

On Sunday, March 17, 2024, at approximately 3:01 a.m., Third District officers responded to the intersection of 7th and P Streets, Northwest, for the report of a shooting. When they arrived, they located three men and two women in the 600 block of P Street, Northwest, all suffering from gunshot wounds. All five victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment of their injuries. Two additional men were located with gunshot wounds. They both died at the scene.

The motive for this shooting remains under investigation. The preliminary detectives’ investigation suggests that one or more suspects intentionally discharged a firearm at the victims.

The victims have been identified as 32-year-old Anthony Brown of Southeast, DC, and 32-year-old Jay Dante Lucks (DOB 11/14/91) of 6123 Edlyne Road, Baltimore, MD. Lucks ran out of luck as he has been cited for the last three years in Baltimore County for driving without insurance, driving with reckless and wild abandon, driving without a permit, and a dozen other traffic violations. Anne Arundel County Police Officer B. Walker cited Lucks with driving without a permit, insurance, etc, on Sept. 15, 2022. A bench warrant was issued by Judge Thomas E. Mike Miller III for Lucks on August 4, 2023, after Lucks failed to appear, and the warrant is still outstanding but will have to be served in the DC. Morgue, where he is presently in cold storage.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 per victim, bringing the total possible reward up to $50,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this offense. 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.

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