Tragic Carjacking Incident: 13-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot Near Judiciary Square Metro in D.C.

The death of a 13-year-old boy is currently under investigation by the police. According to authorities, the incident occurred on Saturday night near Judiciary Square Metro in Northwest, D.C. The boy was allegedly shot by a man whom he attempted to carjack. 

Reports of shots fired prompted the dispatch of officers to the 600 block of D Street NW shortly after 10 p.m. Upon arriving at the location, the authorities discovered a male teenager who had sustained a gunshot wound. After being transported to a nearby hospital for medical attention, the individual unfortunately succumbed to their injuries and passed away. 

The teenager involved in the incident has been identified by the police as Vernard Toney, Jr., hailing from Southeast, D.C.

After the incident, the mother of the teenager arrived at the location and engaged in a conversation with WUSA9. The individual expressed that they are experiencing a profound sense of emotional pain and are currently struggling to come to terms with the information that has been made public by the DC Police. 


According to the DC Police, the incident involved a man who was seated inside his car when he was approached by two teenagers. These teenagers allegedly demanded that the man exit his vehicle. It was during this encounter that the man proceeded to shoot one of the teenagers. According to the police, during the incident, it was observed that one of the teenagers had his hand placed inside his front pocket in a manner that suggested he might be concealing a firearm. However, the specific identity of the teenager who exhibited this behavior was not disclosed by the authorities. 

According to reports, it is said that the individual in question exited his vehicle, brandished a firearm, and proceeded to discharge it, resulting in the shooting of Toney. The second adolescent fled from the scene, prompting an ongoing search by law enforcement authorities.  A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for any information that can lead to the arrest of the teenager. 

According to the police, the individual responsible for shooting the teenager has been identified as a federal security officer. It has been reported that the officer was situated inside his vehicle, awaiting the commencement of his shift at the time of the incident. It was stated that the individual in question possessed legal ownership of the firearm that was utilized. According to the police, the individual in question has been reported to be actively cooperating with their ongoing investigation. 

According to the DC Police, there has been a significant rise in carjackings reported in the District. As of October 28, the number of carjackings reported this year stands at 821, which is a notable increase compared to the 395 reported during the same period last year. This represents a substantial surge of 108%. The incidence of car thefts has experienced a significant surge, with a notable increase of 101%. Additionally, the overall occurrence of violent crimes has also witnessed a rise of 41%. 

The DC Police have provided a set of tips aimed at minimizing the chances of individuals falling victim to carjacking incidents.

When one finds themselves traveling on the road:
  1. It is important to maintain a consistent practice of locking your doors and rolling up your windows, even if the weather is hot and you do not have air conditioning. This precaution should be taken regardless of the short distance you are traveling or the perceived safety of the neighborhood.
  2. Driving in the center lane can be a strategic choice to minimize the risk of potential carjackers approaching your vehicle.
  3. It is advisable to refrain from driving alone. It is highly recommended to travel with a companion whenever feasible, particularly during nighttime hours.
  4. When approaching a stop, it is important to ensure that there is sufficient space to navigate around other vehicles, particularly in situations where potential issues may arise and a quick escape may be necessary.
  5. It is important to always drive with the doors locked for enhanced safety and security. Having a vehicle that is secure and difficult for thieves to break into greatly increases the likelihood of successfully retaining possession of it.
  6. It is advised to refrain from stopping to assist a stranger whose car has broken down. One way to offer assistance is by promptly driving to the nearest phone or utilizing your cell phone to contact the police for help.


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