MLK Day Metrobus shooter has TreSeven gang connection, police say. Police used Facebook to ID shooter


A District man who allegedly shot into a Metro bus as he got off it in Northwest D.C. was said to be involved in a gang known as “TreSeven” that operates in Southeast, according to authorities and court documents.

Metro Transit Police arrested and charged Delonte Eric Brown of Washington last week in connection with the shooting that occurred on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on a Metrobus driving on the X2 route. 

The shooting occurred about 10:20 p.m. on Jan. 19 in the 100 block of H Street NW near Union Station as the bus stopped.. 

Another passenger on the bus said he got into a verbal fight with Brown. As Brown got off through the back door, he turned and fired at least one round into the bus before fleeing, police said.

Two men — aged 21 and 47 — suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to an area hospital. One was shot in the hand and the other was hit in the thigh. About 45 people were on the bus at the time.

As Brown allegedly ran from the scene, he got rid of a black Chicago Bulls hat and a red American Eagle jacket he was wearing at that time, according to documents filed in D.C. Superior Court. 

Cameras on the Metrobus captured the incident.

Police said they got information that Brown went by the name “Dee” and lived in the neighborhood of 37th Street and Ridge Road in Southeast. Using Facebook, detectives looked at images of known members of the TreSeven gang and found a man who went by the name “Dee Brown,” according to an affidavit.

Police said they then matched that photo with images in the video surveillance footage from the bus. Detectives later found Brown’s brother and showed him the Metro surveillance images of the shooter. Brown’s brother identified him in the surveillance photo, they said. 

Brown was arrested in Prince George’s County and later extradited to the District. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.