Jason Anthony Emma, 28, of Northeast, Washington, DC, was shot and killed in the Capitol Hill area early Monday morning.
Police received the call of a shooting at 13th and C Street around two Monday morning. Police found Emma slumped over the steering wheel inside the vehicle, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was shot in the abdomen and died at the scene, police said.
Emma's family says he was studying to be an accountant and just finished moving into his new home on Capitol Hill 24 hours before he was gunned down.
Several neighbors said they were shocked by the sound of morning gunfire.
"I didn't think at the time that it was gunfire. It was just oddly loud; it was a series of noises closely spaced, so it was probably a rapid fire machine gun," resident Chris Pala said.
Sources say Emma was parked in his Audi just two blocks from his new home when he was attacked. Police are looking for at least two armed suspects—preliminary investigations show the motive may be robbery.
Metropolitan Police Department Commander George Kucik said, "Obviously a very sad case, and MPD expresses their condolences to the family...if anyone has any information please contact us and let us know"
In North Arlington where Emma's family and friends gathered, there was a profound grief. His father, a doctor, and brother, owner of Falls Food Delivery Service, both declined to comment, but Emma's father said off-camera "they stole a loving boy."
The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department's TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.