DC man sought in Arlington party killing

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ARLINGTON, Va. — A shooting at a house party in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Arlington has left one man dead and another sought by police.

Police say that they found the victim, Michael Gray, 23, suffering from a fatal gunshot wound around 3 a.m. on Sunday morning, in the 6300 block of N. 29th Street. They began CPR, but Gray later died at the hospital.

“We know there was a house warming party happening that night,” said Ashley Savage, a spokeswoman for the Arlington County Police Department. “We know that the victim and the suspect had been in a dispute earlier in the night. The fight eventually spilled out in the front of the home and that’s where the victim was ultimately struck.”

Jason Allen Johnson

Jason Allen Johnson

Jason Johnson, 37, is the suspect in Gray’s homicide and wanted for murder. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous, and if you see him, to call 911 and not approach him. Johnson is from D.C., and is a black male standing 5’5″ and weighing 145 lbs.

“He does have one distinguishing mark and that is tattoo on his neck that has the letter JJ on them,” said Savage.


Neighbors, who did not want to be identified, say police were called with loud noise complaints stemming from the party earlier in the night. Police responded and talked to residents of the home. Police were nearby when gunfire erupted and officers arrived around the time many people were calling 911 for help. Neighbors say they heard at least four gunshots.

If you have additional information regarding this investigation, contact Detective J. Trainer of the Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4185 or jtrain@arlingtonva.us.

This is the second homicide of 2017 according to Savage. An arrest has already been made in the previous homicide. Last year the department handled one murder investigation.