DC apartment building changed locks for shooting victim – NBC4 Washington

A Howard University graduate claims he was forced out of his luxury apartment building on 14th Street after he was the victim of a violent crime there, and now a DC judge has ruled on Parts of the man’s lawsuit that allege racial discrimination and other violations by building management can go forward.

Patrick Oseni, then 28, was shot on January 4, 2020 after opening the door to his 4th floor apartment in Capitol View on the 14th.

“All I see is like an arm, reach the apartment and start shooting,” he said in a zoom provided by his lawyers about the day that changed his life.

Oseni was hit in the head and chest. One of the bullets also damaged a water pipe and caused flooding in the building.

The crime remains unsolved.

Lawyer Mark Smith said Oseni, who knows no reason why someone would want to shoot him, came home from hospital, bandaged and in pain, to find the locks on his flat had been changed.

He said his client was shocked when management told him why.

“They told him the other tenants were no longer comfortable with him living in the building and urged him to leave, Smith said. “People associated with [United Dominion Realty Trust] chose to tell the other tenants that Mr. Oseni knew the people who shot him.”

Despite being up to date on his lease, Oseni chose to leave.

About a month later, according to a DC police report, officers made a large seizure of drugs and firearms, including one with a high-capacity ammo feeder, from an apartment in the same building also on the 4th floor.

Capitol View on 14th is owned by Colorado-based United Dominion Realty Trust, known as UDR. News4 has asked for comment on Oseni’s lawsuit and is awaiting a response.

We are also working to get more information about the drug raid that happened within a month of Oseni’s assassination.

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