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District Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Southeast Washington Shooting

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Fired 16 Shots at Two Victims Near the Front Door of a Local Supermarket

         WASHINGTON – Ivan Dixon, 19, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today for the September 2023 shooting of two victims outside a local supermarket in Northeast Washington, DC, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Pamela A. Smith, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department. 

         In March 2024, Mr. Dixon pleaded guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to one count of Assault with Intent to Kill and one count of Possession of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence, in addition to one count of Carrying a Pistol Without a License in an unrelated case.  Mr. Dixon was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert Okun to 84 months’ incarceration, the top of Mr. Dixon’s voluntary sentencing guidelines for assault with intent to kill.  Mr. Dixon’s period of imprisonment will be followed by 3 years of supervised release.

         According to the government’s evidence, with which Mr. Dixon agreed, Mr. Dixon was riding in a Ford Transit van when one of the victims, his intended target, parked his car outside of the supermarket.  As the intended target walked into the supermarket, the van made a U-turn and drove slowly past the building, ultimately circling the block before parking behind the intended target’s car.  After a few minutes, the intended target left the supermarket while the second victim, an innocent bystander, approached the front door.  As the intended target held the door open for the innocent bystander, Mr. Dixon jumped out of the van and fired 16 shots in the direction of the intended target.  While the intended target was not hit, the innocent bystander was hit five times and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

         In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Graves and Chief Smith commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department.  They also commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney William Lawrence, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Updated June 28, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-545