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Maryland Man Found Guilty of Assault with Intent to Kill While Armed and Other Charges for Road Rage Shooting

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Shot at Woman Driving Her Two Young Children During Rush Hour Before Turning and Shooting at A Bystander

            WASHINGTON – Kenneth Miles Davis, Jr., 45, of Maryland, was found guilty by a jury late yesterday of multiple charges arising from the May 19, 2021 road rage shooting directed at a woman and her two children, ages 11 and 5, as well as a bystander, in Northeast Washington, D.C., announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Metropolitan Police Department Chief Pamela A. Smith.  The Honorable Rainey Brandt scheduled sentencing for March 29, 2024. 

            The jury returned its verdict after a three-week trial in the Superior Court, finding Davis guilty of one count of assault with intent to kill while armed, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and four counts of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.

            According to the government’s evidence, at approximately 5:00 pm on May 19, 2021, the defendant was driving his Maserati GranTurismo in heavy rush-hour traffic at the intersection of Kenilworth Avenue NE and Eastern Avenue NE when he suddenly got out of his car with a handgun. Davis fired seven times into the car in front of him, which was occupied by a woman and her two children, then turned and fired six more shots at bystanders. The woman suffered a gunshot wound to her upper arm and the 5-year-old child was cut by broken automobile glass.  Fortunately, the 11-year-old child and the bystanders were not injured. Metropolitan Police Department investigators uncovered video evidence that was disseminated to local news outlets, the broadcast of which generated a tip that led to the identification of Davis as the owner of the Maserati, and ultimately, as the shooter.

            This case was investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department.  Invaluable assistance was provided by the United States Marshals Service from the inception of the case and through trial.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kathryn Bartz and Gregory Evans of the Major Crimes Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Updated January 26, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-55