UPDATE: Takoma DC shooting suspect arrested

PHOTO: Butternut Street alley. Photo by Bill Brown.

UPDATE, APRIL 30: Washington DC Metropolitan Police announced that a Fourth District homicide detectives have arrested 42 year-old suspect Mark Beasley of Laurel, MD, charging him with the April 26 murder of Darryn Conte of Waldorf, MD. Conte was shot to death in an alley off Butterworth Steet, NW, behind the 4th Street, NW commercial block. An unidentified man was also wounded in the incident.

One man was shot to death, another wounded early Sunday, April 26 in a Takoma DC alley, Washington DC police announced.

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APRIL 26:  Metropolitan PD Forth District officers responded around 2:00 AM to reports of a shooting in the alley just west of 4th and Butternut Streets, NW.

Upon arrival, police said, they located two adult males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the first victim to a local hospital.  The second victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia and pronounced dead.

Police identified the deceased as 39 year-old Darryn Conte of Waldorf, Maryland. The identity of the wounded man has not been released.

The alley lies behind 4th Street storefronts to the east, and Butternut Street’s mostly residential neighborhood to the west – a mix of single-family and multi-unit homes. It is a block and a half from the Takoma Metro station to the northeast.


Alley entrance on Butternut Street, near corner of 4th Street, NW. Photo by Bill Brown.

Police will brief the community on the case at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, at 7:30 PM at Takoma Village Co-Housing’s community room, 6827 4th Street NW, according to a Takoma Triangle Community Association announcement. Although the recent shooting at 4th & Butternut will be discussed, the major topic will be the overall state of crime in the community.

The meeting, according to community association president Dodie Butler is co-sponsored by local ANC commissioners Frank Smith Andre Carley.

The Metropolitan Police Department announcement offered a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted this or any other 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 text messaging 50411.