Shooting Death in the 4500 blk 8th Street, NW Friday Evening

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From MPD:

“Units received a call for sounds of gunshots in the 4500 blk 8th Street, NW. Upon arrival, an unconscious adult male victim was located in an alley suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The male is deceased. This case is being investigated by the Homicide Branch. We are asking anyone with information please call 1-888-919-CRIM(E).”

I’m told by others it happened around 9:30pm Friday evening.

Update from MPD Sun. 4:45pm:

“On Friday, February 4, 2011, at approximately 9:20 pm, units from the Fourth District responded to the 4500 block of 8th Street, NW, to investigate reports of the sounds of gunshots. Upon their arrival, officers canvassed the area and located the victim in the alley of the 4500 block of 8th Street, NW, suffering from gunshot wounds and found him to be unconscious and unresponsive. Personnel from DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined the victim had no signs consistent with life. The victim was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner pending an autopsy.

The decedent has been identified as 20 year old Derrick Rawls of Northwest, DC.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746).”

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  • My daughter heard the shots. Thought they were fireworks.

  • We heard the shots from 6 blocks away, but couldn’t really tell where they were from. Lots of them, though – 8 or 10 shots.

    Just walked by this morning, police still there at 9am looking for casings.


  • I don’t want to be judgemental, but isn’t all the violence asshabit.ociated with drugs, somebody selling drugs at a place controled by other thugs. There’s some sketchy homes where you can tell some business is going on. my first advice, don’t do drugs, help people doing drugs, get rid of that

    • Asshabit. Good one.

    • Or just legalize it and the black market and all of the associated crime goes away.

      • agreed. the prohibition against drugs is more dangerous than the drugs themselves.

        at least in this country. but if they became legalized here, the violence in mexico, central america, and part of south america would escalate to epic proportions.
        see: opium production in afghanistan as a primer.

        • i’m interested in understanding your viewpoint better. you’re saying legalizing drugs in america will increase violence in mexico and central america? is there a book or article that expresses this opinion? i never heard that opinion before. thanks

          • are you following what the drug cartels are doing?
            what do you think will happen if it became legal here?
            look at the producers, look at their business practices and distribution systems.

      • marijuana…maybe…but not the drugs that these guys are fighting over….i dont want crack, hare-wan, and blow to be as accessible as a bottle of Nyquil. People can’t use prescription drugs without fucking up their own lives…legalizing these would just provide more terrible options.

    • Immaterial. The law says no drugs, so no drugs. Address getting the dealers out of these houses. We have no idea what happened, but it seems that area is a hotspot.

  • Oscar Rubio was killed walking through that area last year. He made it a few more blocks before he died. Wasn’t there another shooting there before the holidays?
    I hope the police have some kind of surveillance there.

  • also a block away from where Neil Godleski died…and within four blocks of the murder scenes of Prince Okorie, Reginald Davenport, David Weston, and I’m sure a few others from last year.

  • was walking on Kansas & Randolph and saw multiple cop cars screaming up Kansas, so it was obvious something big had happened.

    and yes, this is only a few blocks east of where the recent shootings on NH Ave took place last month. gang war much?

  • It’s amazing how much bad shit goes down over in that neighborhood. The cops know it’s a drug and gun-slinger haven, they know the history of gun violence and murders, yet they somehow just seem to tolerate it, sitting around the Yes Market protecting the Gentries instead.

    • Some of us “gentries” live in the middle of all the shooting. There have been seven homicides (not just shootings, mind you) within five blocks of my house since June 2010. But I don’t blame the cops, and believe it or not, I don’t feel unsafe. I’ve lived in more dangerous places in other countries, and this neighborhood is home now and will be as long as I live in DC (probably until retirement). I’d like the violence to stop, of course, but the cops aren’t doing a bad job; in my dealings with them, I’ve been impressed with their professionalism and willingness to interact with the community. Things are getting better, and this is just a storm we need to pass through.

      • damn fucking straight. We don’t sit back in our gentrified leather-bound chairs either. We try to help keep the police informed and we help where we can. This community will get better! The council, the police, and the DOH and DCRA need to focus on shutting down the hangouts…

        • It’s not gentrification at all. We, the “Gentry”, are normal, civil people in a fucked up situation.
          The native residents have grown used to seeing these appalling acts frequently. They seem so surprised when there’s another killing, but the culture around here almost guarantees it. The “community” has done nothing to stop kids from having more kids, or educate the dopes that do procreate so they can become useful members of society and reap the benefits associated with it.

  • It’s as if there is a serial killer in that neighborhood that just keeps taking his prey on the streets of DC.

    • Its called DYRS. A serial killer would have more tact. You thought is was a serial killer before though . . .

      • Just tryin’ to change the thinking around this town. What we tolerate as normal compared to other parts of the US is just insane! And, I really do think there is at least one serial killer lurking around Petworth, indeed.

        • That’s a reasonable point. Drop a pin and draw a 7-block radius around it. How many people live inside that area? Maybe 15,000? If any town/city/village of comparable size in this country had experienced 7 murders in the last 8 months, whether by one hand or several, it would be considered an epidemic. In DC, it’s just par for the course and met with a blase nothing-to-look-at-here/if-you-don’t-like-it-move-to-the-suburbs attitude. This should not be tolerated. If MPD resources are low, work with the feds. They have jurisdiction here, too.

          • This is the kind of thing police can only record, not prevent.
            The problem lies with the parents, or lack thereof. After that failure, it falls to DYRS, who don’t know how to deal with children effectively. These kids have more protections and rights than we ordinary citizens do.
            Basically they need to be run out of town, or at least shocked into not committing such crimes. Hit them in the wallet. Or the house. Write into any public assistance that assistance will be terminated if the recipient or their children commit a felonious act.

  • There were 21 police vehicles on the 800 block of Kennedy Street last night. Does anybody know what that was all about? I believe it was between 12:30am and 1:30am or so.

  • It’s not about the cops guys, it’s about the parents. This stuff starts at home. Fixing it starts there too.

    I also live in Pentworth and the violence doesn’t scare me. It pisses me off to no end. I hate the fact that people are losing their lives over bullshit. Pocket change…how much money was that waiter going to have on him? Was it worth a life? Hell no!

    That murder resonates with me the most. It could have been a friend of mine who was living with me at the time. Less that 2 blocks away from my home.

    The “North Face Jacket” murder pisses me off too. About 4 blocks from my home. Kill for a coat? A damn coat! The parents should be locked up along with the kids. GRRR I am so pissed about this!

    After something happens it’s always, “Johnny was such a good boy.” Yeah? Then why the hell was he on the corner at 3:00am? He wasn’t selling bibles.

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