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Cold Case: Otis Peoples


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May 10, 1982

100 No. 32nd Street and L Street


Investigation revealed that Robert Earl Knight (victim #2) stated that he and the other victims were walking down 32nd Street when they first noticed the suspects. The truck had driven by earlier and the suspects had yelled something at them. The truck circled the block and came through the alley facing the victims. As the truck got close, driving towards the victims, the suspects said something again and the three victims started to run. Several shots were fired from the bed of the truck. Robert Earl Knight was wounded in the foot and Henry Phillip Lucas (victim #3) was struck in the leg. Otis Peoples (victim #1) sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. The suspect vehicle had previously been seen driving around the area with several white male subjects.

The truck is described as being a new four wheel drive Toyota or Datsun, with possible blue and white stripes on the side. The truck had large, off road tires with chrome wheels and a possible black roll bar in the bed area. The truck at that time contained approximately three white males riding in the bed area of the truck and two or three more passengers in the cab area.

Two of the victims were identified as gang members, but investigation did not indicate that the shootings were gang related. No motive was established for this crime. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the police.