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November 23, 2017

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Man charged in alleged retaliatory gang shooting


An alleged drug dealer and member of the West Coast Bloods gang has been charged in the retaliatory shooting of a rival gang member, Metro Police said.

Monroe Jones Jr., 41, allegedly shot Varrice Williams in the ankle, leg and groin area on June 30 at an apartment in the 1100 block of Cunningham Drive, near H Street and Monroe Avenue, according to a criminal complaint released Tuesday.

Witnesses told police that a man knocked on the door of the apartment searching for Williams, 28, and yelled out to Jones, “That (expletive) here.” Jones then allegedly opened fire on Williams.

An anonymous tipster identified Monroe as the shooter on April 13 and told investigators that the shooter was retaliating against Jones for allegedly robbing Monroe and his wife at their home. The tipster told police that Monroe is a drug dealer.

The victim and several witnesses later identified the shooter as Jones through a photo lineup, and police traced the getaway vehicle used in the shooting to Jones’ family.

Williams told police that he’s a member of the local street gang Donna Street Crips, while the men who attacked him were “west side dudes,” or members of the rival West Coast Bloods. He denied robbing Jones and his wife.

Jones was subsequently arrested and charged on Tuesday with burglary while in possession of a firearm, battery with use of a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm, and attempted murder with the use of a deadly weapon.

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