Gerald Brevard Shot 5 Homeless Men, Killing 2, Over 10 Days

Gerald Brevard

Gerald Brevard has been arrested in connection for three shootings that took place in Washington, D.C. Investigators believe he is responsible for two shootings that have taken place in New York City. Out of the five shooting victims, two have succumbed to their injuries. Police believe Brevard targeted the victims because they were homeless.

The Shootings

The first three shootings took place in Washington, D.C.

First Shooting

On March 3, 2022, around 4:00am, police responded to a call for gunshots. When they arrived at the 1100 block of New York Avenue Northeast, they found a man who had obviously been shot. Medics rushed him to the hospital. His wounds were not fatal. Police have not named the victim.

Second Shooting

Police responded to a call to the 1700 block of H Street Northeast, for gunshots on March 8, 2022, at 1:21 am. First responders found a male victim who had been shot. Medics rushed him to the hospital, where doctors treated him for his wounds. The victims survived; police have not revealed his identity.

Third Shooting – First Homicide

A member of the Metropolitan Police Department noticed a fire on March 9, 2022, at 2:52am in 400 block of New York Avenue, Northeast. Firefighters responded and were able to douse the fire. When they search the tent that was burning, they found a deceased adult male. The Chief Medical Examiner performed an autopsy and determined the man was stabbed and shot multiple times. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. Police identified the victim as Morgan Holmes, 54.

The next two shootings took place in New York City, New York.

Fourth Shooting

On March 12, 2022, around 4:30 am, police believe the same man responsible for the previous three attacks traveled to New York City and shot a sleeping man in the arm. This incident took place at the intersection of King Street and Varick Street.

Firth Shooting – Second Homicide

Police responded to a 911 call that came in around 5:00pm on March 12, 2022. The caller stated there was a male who appeared to have been shot. When police arrived, they found a deceased male, who had obvious gunshot wounds to his head and neck. People in the area told police they heard gunshots around 6:00am the same day.

Man sleeping in NYC (Source: NYPD)


Investigators from New York City and Washington D.C. worked with the ATF to locate the suspect. Investigators set up multiple rewards and tip lines in the hopes the public would be able to identify the suspect. The NYPD stated, due to “the similar modus operandi of the perpetrator, common circumstances involved in each shooting, the circumstances of the victims, and information from the ATF’s National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN)” investigators were able to determine that the shootings were connected to each other.

On Monday, March 14, 2022, a tip led investigators to a suspect. According to news outlets, Police in Washington, D.C. were able to gather more evidence pointing to the same suspect from an ATM in the area where the third shooting occurred. Police announced his identity to be Gerald Brevard.

On March 15, 2022, police were able to locate Brevard and arrested him in a gas station.

Gerald Brevard

Gerald Brevard has a record of being arrested.


On November 11, 2020, he was arrested for Abduction with the Intent to Defile. Police arrested him for this crime on December 17, 2020. A judge amended the charge to assault and battery. He was sentenced to 1 year, which was suspended; and 1-year supervised probation. Brevard was also fined $290.00, which court records show is past due.

On January 17, 2020, Brevard was arrested for Burglary with the intent to commit a felony and possession of burglary tools. A judge amended the charge to entering property with intent to damage property. He was given another year sentence, which was suspended again. Brevard received another year of supervised parole and was given a $151.00 fine, which has not been paid yet, according to court documents.

Court records show that Brevard was arrested for being a Fugitive on June 3, 2021. This case was dismissed the following day.

Washington D.C

Police arrested Brevard on September 2, 2016, for destruction of property worth less than $1000. A judge dismissed the case on January 9, 2017.

On July 17, 2018, Brevard was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. A judge ordered him to take a mental competency exam. A psychologist found him competent to stand trial. A judge sentenced him to serve 1 year, which was suspended due to time served. The sentence for 2 years of supervised release was also suspended. Brevard’s sentence was 18 months of probation. There are also special conditions listed for mental health and substance abuse assessment and treatment.

Brevard was arrested for assault on a police officer and theft in the second degree on November 5, 2018. A judge ordered Brevard to take mental evaluation, and a psychologist found him competent. Brevard made a global plea with prosecutors, which resolved all pending cases at once.

Current Charges

Police arrested Brevard for the three shootings in Washington, D.C. The charges are Assault with a Dangerous Weapon; Assault with Intent to Kill; and Homicide.

Police have not charged him with any of the shootings in New York City as of March 16, 2022.

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