• 16-year-old Michael Mason was arrested for the deaths of four people in Washington D.C. 
  • Mason was arrested last Wednesday and charged as an adult for his shooting spree in April and May
  • One of Mason's victims was 21-year-old Brea Moon who was at the time pregnant

A 16-year-old teenager from Washington D.C. was charged for the deaths of four people in what police described to be gang-related shooting sprees in April and May 2020.

Michael Mason was arrested last Wednesday (June 17) for the deaths of 21-year-old Brea Moon, 20-year-old Jaszel Henderson, 31-year-old Terrance Griffin and 18-year-old Antwuan Roach.

He was charged as an adult and faces four counts first-degree murder while armed, four counts of assault with intent to kill while armed, assault with intent to murder while armed and assault with a dangerous weapon, according to a June 22 release by the Metropolitan Police Department.

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Representation image of a crime scene. Gerd Altmann/ Pixabay

Responding officers found Moon inside a vehicle with a gunshot wound on April 7 after they responded to a shooting report in Suitland. EMS transported her to a local hospital but was pronounced dead after “all life-saving efforts failed.

Scallywag and Vagabond said Moon was pregnant at the time of her death. The District Heights, Maryland resident was, according to the outlet, used as a “human shield” for someone who was being shot at.

Mason blamed the driver of the vehicle that he was in, claiming that he was in the back of a Honda Crosstour when the driver “shot into another car” that included Moon.

Mason said in the affidavit that he “did not even know there was a female in the car they shot at,” but admitted that he had the intention of killing “someone else who had been causing problems in his neighborhood.”

Henderson and Griffin on the other hand were killed on May 19. Members of the Seventh District found two adult males and one adult female with gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services also responded to the scene and determined that the two male victims “displayed no signs consistent with life.”

The female victim was rushed to a local hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

Roach was found unconscious and suffered from gunshot wounds on May 22 by DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services. He was also pronounced dead after displaying no signs consistent with life.

Witnesses identified Mason “in part” based on his Instagram presence and claimed that he was part of a gang called the Simple City Crew that had a rivalry with another nearby gang in Southeast Washington, D.C., said NBC News, citing a statement from the affidavit.

19-year-old Daquan Jones was also arrested for the death of Moon. He was transported to the Homicide Branch and was charged with one count of first-degree murder while armed.

Police also linked Mason to six other shootings between April and May.