06/04/2013 05:12 pm ET

Solomon James Okoroh Identified As D.C. Cab Driver Killed In Early Morning Adams Morgan Shooting

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A D.C. taxicab driver died Tuesday after being shot in the early morning in Adams Morgan, according to the Washington Post.

Fox5 has details:

Police officers on patrol spotted a taxi cab in distress.

Officers say they heard a gunshot before two subjects exited the cab and fled on foot. Police say the subjects fired at the officers as they fled.

The fire was returned by officers but neither subject was struck.

One subject was apprehended on the street.

The second subject kicked in the door of a neighborhood home. Police entered and apprehended that subject as well.

The cab driver, identified as 57-year-old Solomon James Okoroh of Lanham, Maryland, was rushed to a local hospital but later died.

The suspects were identified as 32 year-old Ercell Overton of D.C. and 24 year-old Joshua King of Hyattsville, Md. Overton was charged with murder, while King was charged with violating his probation.

While the number homicides in the District has fallen over the past decade -- the city's murder rate in 2012 was as low as it's been since 1961 -- crime is still an issue throughout much of the city.

A recent Washington Post investigation of guns confiscated by police in the city since 2000 found that a large number of firearms were seized in the Adams Morgan neighborhood.

And according to the Metropolitan Police crime map, violent crime is up five percent from the beginning of 2013 compared to this same time last year in the third police district, where Adams Morgan is located. Overall crime in the area, however, is slightly down.



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