Shooting Death in Shaw Mon. Night

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MPD reports:

“At approximately 1140 pm [Mon.] Officers were in the area of the 900 block of Westminster St, NW when they heard gun shots. Officers located a victim, who was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact MPD at 202 727-9099.”

Very few details have since been released. As of this morning MPD writes:

“At this point we are attempting piece together exactly what happened.”

More info when it becomes available.

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  • My dad has a theory that wars happen every generation or so, because every generation has a measurable population of belligerent (in the sense of bellicose) violent people. After a war, these gung-ho types are largely killed off, and peace reigns until they are replaced in the next generation.

    So is it crazy cyncical of me to wonder if progress is being made in the killing-off of the local warmongers? We might learn that the murder of the day was a horrible innocent bystander situation, in which case I’ll feel like a tool for bringing it up. But if it was another case of territory dispute or general drug-related beefing, that’s the only silver lining I can see– that there might be a finite number of these animals, and they’re busy taking themselves out of the picture.

    P.S. PoP– what’s with the images? I had to listen to the captcha, because most images aren’t loading.

    • I would love to believe that each death is isolated and it means “one less fool” out there. I think it is more likely that for every person killed… 2 more decide that violence will be the only thing to make it right.

      • I think I agree with you. (Sorry, I posted above without my handle.) I think the kind of demographic effect dear old dad is talking about requires full-scale war, not a couple lucky shots per weekend.

        Captcha and other images are back. Might just have been me.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Anyone else having captcha problems. My IT guy says it is working but I certainly remember the problems we had with the old system. Please email me if you are having commenting problems. Thanks.

  • Not exactly related, but does anyone know what was going on last night around 9pm in north Columbia Heights/southern Petworth? Somewhere north of Spring Rd, perhaps over toward Georgia Ave? We heard almost nonstop sirens for about 30 minutes but there’s nothing on the MPD listserve this morning that would explain.

  • We had another at 7th and Longfellow last night too. Must have been the warmer weather . . .

  • This all ties back to drugs, cash, corners, and guns. Has I would love to see an expose’ about the “Problem Corners” in DC. I live near New Hampshire… and we have one circle of nonsense that encompasses 3rd and Decatur and some vacants that extend near whatever street runs behind the drycleaner/grocer/liquorstore/laundermat place.

    Tons of baggies, kids going in circles on their bikes…keeping watch…There is usually an empty police car there…but thats it.

    Point is I would love to see a Wall of shame to put light on the cities problems.

    Council people and city official give themselves too much credit, considering that someone is being killed almost every week in my neighborhood.

  • Why don’t you hold a meeting. Those tend to make a huge impact and change for criminals. They all are just volunteering to turn in their weapons after the last community meeting, right?

  • I heard this last night… my House is right on the alley close to Westminster. I heard 5 gunshots… I didn’t see anyone coming down the alley so they must of went east or west on Westminster or down the alley towards S Street.

    In 7 years this is the 1st time I have observed such close range

  • Insert my usual cynical stuff here.

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