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District Man Convicted Of Assault With Intent To Kill While Armed And Other Charges In Northeast Washington Shooting-Shots Were Fired At Two Cars From Vehicle That Defendant Was Driving-

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia

     WASHINGTON - Brian Woodings, 26, of Washington, D.C., was found guilty by a jury today of six counts of assault with intent to kill while armed and numerous other charges for his role in a shooting that targeted victims who were riding in two cars in Northeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     The verdict followed a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The jury also convicted Woodings of one count of aggravated assault while armed, three counts of assault with significant bodily injury, and related weapons offenses. The Honorable Stuart G. Nash scheduled sentencing for July 12, 2013.

     According to the government’s evidence, on March 9, 2012, the six victims decided to go to the Scene nightclub in Northeast Washington to celebrate some friends’ birthdays. Woodings and some of his friends also decided to go to the nightclub that night. While there, Woodings got into a fistfight with one of the victims, and everyone involved in the fight was ejected.

     Woodings, unsatisfied with the resolution of the fight, decided to recruit a friend with a gun and follow the victims out of the club. He and his accomplice got into a Honda Accord owned by a female friend of his, and followed the victims’ two cars down Bladensburg Road, and then onto Benning Road near the Langston Golf Course. 

     As the three cars crossed the bridge on Benning Road over Interstate 295, at about 3:55 a.m. on March 10, 2012, Woodings drove up next to each car, allowing his accomplice to fire multiple rounds into each vehicle. The victims were in the cars that were fired upon.

     The gunfire struck one victim—the person involved in the fight with Woodings at the club—in the face. Another victim was shot in the neck, and a third was shot in the back.

     After the shooting, Woodings fled the scene. The stunned victims collected themselves and drove home before calling the police and ambulances. Using license plate reader technology, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) identified the car the defendant was driving at the time of the assault, and they were ultimately able to use that information to identify the defendant. The shooter has yet to be identified and the case remains under investigation.

     In announcing the verdicts, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the MPD, the FBI, and the District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences, which were involved in the investigation and prosecution of this case.  U.S. Attorney Machen also expressed appreciation to Paralegal Specialists Theresa Nelson, Kwasi Fields, and Kendra Johnson, Witness/Victim Advocate James Brennan, Litigation Technology Specialist Paul Howell, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Veronica M. Sanchez and Erik M. Kenerson, who investigated and tried the case.


Updated February 19, 2015