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Guilty Plea Entered in February 2024 Shooting in Which the Victim Was Shot Seven Times

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

            WASHINGTON –Scotland Alston, 33, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty today, before Superior Court Judge Michael O’Keefe, to aggravated assault while armed for a February 2024 shooting, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Chief Pamela A. Smith, of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            Judge O’Keefe scheduled sentencing for August 9, 2024. Alston faces a minimum term of 10 years in prison at sentencing.

            According to the government’s evidence, with which Alston agreed, on February 28, 2024, Alston and the female victim got into a heated argument, during which Alston shoved the victim and she shoved him back. During the argument, Alston took a gun from his waistband and held it at his side. A bystander tried to separate Alston and the victim, but the two continued to argue. Alston then got onto a bicycle to leave the area but then returned to where the victim sat. Alston then fired numerous times at the victim. The victim tried to flee but she collapsed after being hit by approximately seven bullets.

This case was investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacqueline Yarbro.

Updated June 10, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-497