Driver of Van Used in DC Shooting Is 14

Cops think shooting was payback for arrest of shooter's brother
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2010 9:29 AM CDT
Driver of Van Used in DC Shooting Is 14
District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty, left, Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham, and Police Chief Cathy Lanier speak about the shooting of ten people.   (AP Photo)

A feud and a quest for revenge among neighborhood crews may be behind the Washington, DC, drive-by that left four dead Tuesday—as well as other shootings. A 14-year-old boy accused of driving the minivan, and two adult men have been charged with first-degree murder. One of the adult suspects, Orlando Carter, also has been charged with second-degree murder in the March 22 shooting of Jordan Howe. It gets more intricately connected from there.

Carter's brother, Sanquan, was charged March 23 in Howe's murder, whose funeral the victims attended Tuesday morning. Carter himself was shot in the head and shoulder hours after his brother's arrest, said court documents, which note that Howe was allegedly killed over a missing gold-colored bracelet that apparently belonged to Sanquan. Carter and Nathaniel Simms, 26, are held without bail. The teen also faces a murder charge and is being held; he has nine convictions dating to 2005. (More Orlando Carter stories.)

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