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H Street restaurant owner found dead

A co-owner of a popular H Street sushi restaurant was found dead near the business, police said.

Joey Edward Belcher, 37, was found lying on the floor of an apartment on the 200 block of I Street NE at about 3:30 p.m. Monday, according to D.C. police. His remains were taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy, and police are investigating as a death of unknown cause.

Belcher was co-owner of Sticky Rice DC, located at 1224 H St. NE -- less than a mile from where he was found dead. He also was a partner in the U Street-area restaurant 1905 and in Dangerously Delicious Pies on H Street.

Man killed, child shot in Prince George's

A man was killed and a young child was wounded in a shooting in Seat Pleasant, police said.

Shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday, Seat Pleasant police officers went to the 6800 block of Seat Pleasant Drive and found two shooting victims. One of the victims, a 25-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim, a young child, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Prince George's County police spokesman Lt. Bill Alexander said.

According to a preliminary investigation, the man was targeted by two males who fled in a black, four-door BMW with Maryland license plates, Alexander said. There is no evidence that the child was also targeted.

Arrest made in Aspen Hill park shooting

Police have arrested an Olney man who allegedly shot a 22-year-old in the face at North Gate Park, according to authorities.

Damacrius Damone Grays, 19, of the 4400 block of Fishermans Court, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with attempted first-degree murder. Police said the shooting apparently stemmed from a disagreement between Grays and the victim, who remains in grave condition after he was shot in the cheek at about 4:25 p.m. Tuesday deep inside the Aspen Hill park.

najagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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