Man Shot in Back by Pellet Gun on Sherman Ave Sunday Night

Pellet removed from victims back

Dear PoPville,

On Sunday, June 17th, around 11:30 p.m. my roommate was shot with a pellet gun. The pellet pierced and lodged into his back. He’s fine and the wound is healing. This incident occurred while he was walking north bound on Sherman Avenue NW between Girard and Harvard Streets on the west side (the same side as the gas station). After notifying the Third District Police Department, it appears another shooting with a pellet gun may have occurred in the same vicinity around 12:30 a.m.

We called 911 after the incident with my roommate. The operator asked if an EMT was needed. We said no; however, the operator said officers would be sent to the area. We watched for a patrol car from several blocks away but never saw one after waiting 15 minutes or so.

Ed. Note: In July 2011 we learned of a cyclist hit by a bb gun on the 2300 block of 11th St, NW.

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  • Every time I see something like this, I can’t help but wonder when the tipping point will be. People on here respond to this question the same time every time we see a random assault posting on here…it’s always that the politicians or judicial system are crooked, and that it will A) always be like this in DC or B) only change when the electorate starts taking action and demanding accountability. I guess we just have to endure random acts of violence until B happens, if it does…?

  • The police need to take this crime seriously. What if your friend had been shot in the head or eye. What if a motorist had been shot and crashed their car.

  • I have a question for PoPville. Should the OP’s roomate said yes to an EMT as a way to encourage the Police to arrive and file a formal report? If the MPD doesn’t come for a shooting without an EMT will they come for one where an EMT is called?
    I don’t think we need to follow NYC’s model of fighting crime – but clearly the Mayor, the Council and MPD need to do something different.

    • The caller should have requested that police come out and take a report and given them an address to come to. If the cops never came, they should have called back to ask again.

      I’m a little confused from the letter above about where the writer/roommate were calling from and where they were waiting (several blocks away?) and how they knew that there had been another shooting in the same vicinity (maybe the 911 operator told them?) so I’m not going make a judgment on the response from the police.

      • Blaming the victim is so awesome. I’m so glad YOU, as Monday Morning Quarterback, know EXACTLY what the caller “should have done” and I thank you for sharing that with us.

    • I understand the desire and need for a police response but lying to a 911 operator in order to get a police response can land you in jail. There’s a recent case in California where a guy lied about being held up at gunpoint when in fact his car was broken into while he was away from it. He figured the police would not show up for your garden variety car break in. The ensuing police response – which was tailored to a report of robbers with guns – resulted in the shooting death of an unarmed man.

  • Crime is a hyper sensitive issue cause it’s caught up with class and race, and no politician and very few citizens are willing to go there. Instead, I think many people oppose public housing, for example, because it’s a way to get at the crime issue in a roundabout way.

    • That doesn’t get rid of crime at all. It simply relocates it. And even then, it’s no sure thing.

      • I don’t think it’s odd that people who want to lower crime by removing public housing are concerned about displacing the crime. Their primary concern is reducing the crime that is harming them and, perhaps, getting rid of an institution that many believe has enabled a cycle of poverty and crime..

        As for whether or not crime comes from public housing, Google “American Murder Mystery” in the Atlantic Monthly.

        • The largest institution responsible for enabling a cycle of crime and poverty is the US government. Crime is not a race issue – it’s an economic issue. And when the government of a nation disenfranchises certain groups socially, legally and economically, those groups are going to be more likely to commit crimes. Get rid of the institutionalized racism in the US legal code, and start spending money on education and social programs instead of wars, and these problems will abate significantly. Is it going to happen over night? Not at all. But people want to feel safe, not actually put in an effort to be safe. That’s why shuttering public housing may make nearby residents feel are warm and cuddly, but it’s just kicking the can further down the road for the next neighborhood/city/generation to deal with.

          • Oh please. If crime were the result of economic factors or institutionalized racism, it would have been far higher in the past, and reached dizzying heights during the Great Depression. As it is, crime is signfiicantly higher now than back during the early 60s when institutionalized racism really did exist:


            Further note that crime is lower today despite a worse economy than during the economic salad days of the late 90s, further illustrating the lack of a link between the two. To the extent there is a connection, it’s not that being poor drives violence/criminality, but that being a criminal will make you poor.

          • Colin, the crime rate WAS far higher in the past. In 2009, the U.S. was at early 1960’s levels. And during Jim Crow, crimes against POC were not even considered crimes, you dig?

          • The crime rate in this city has dropped as the numbers of urban poor have been displaced out to PG County, where the crime rate has risen. One of the main problems with public housing is that it enables people to choose to have many more kids than they can afford, and these kids are then raised in areas of high crime and low opportunity. I can understand someone having one child they can’t afford, but four? And if you doubt that happens, ride the 80 bus.

          • You’re right, the largest institution responsible for enabling a cycle of crime and poverty is the US government. But it’s because of social policies that encourage poor, low-skill individuals to stay in urban environments that no longer require low-skill labor. If there is no labor market for your family in a region, you need to go to where you labor is needed, not raise new generations of no-skill labor on housing vouchers, WIC, and SNAP payments. I don’t care if you “grew up here,” the city can’t continue to support thousands of people whose entire families have no hope of self-sufficiency in such an expensive area of the country.

      • I like this study about lowered crime rates after demolishing public housing. Esp. because it looks at it on city-wide crime rate, as well as neighborhood crime rate.

    • Am I missing something? Was this crime perpetrated by residents of public housing? I didn’t see that in the story.

      • You must be new here. Every post about crime devolves into a screed against public housing.

        • Followed by willfully clueless denial – despite all evidence – that there is a connection between the projects and crime.

  • didn’t summer break start? maybe reducing summer vacation would help. at least it would keep teenagers off the streets and at the end of the day a bit more education can’t hurt either

    • Why would you punish well-behaved teens in Friendship Heights because teens in CH don’t know how to behave? Teens aren’t shooty and stabby everywhere across this city.

      • Roosevelt and Cardozo have ~40 percent graduation rates. The people who are causing problems in our neighborhood are not in school.

      • I had no idea that education was a punishment.

        • Education isn’t a punishment, but having kids stay in school longer under the theory that there will be less crime because kids aren’t on the streets is, in fact, a punishment.

          • Education is not a punishment – in additino to occupying their time it provides well education, which is something all US children (especially those in DC) need more of. But then again – Rick Santorum called me a snob so let ’em enjoy the summer while we strap on our flack jackets and hide our iPhones and bikes.

          • The problem with your idea is that it lumps all kids in the city together, probably because you don’t want to be honest about which kids are committing the crimes. Most of the kids I know in DC (here in upper NW) are exhausted at the end of the day from heavy amounts of school work coupled with activities, like soccer, swimming, baseball, band, dance, etc. The idea that they need to spend more time in school, when their schools are already some of the best around and most of them are doing well academically, is absurd.

  • I was on Hobart and pretty sure I heard this since I heard a loud pop around that time.

    Also a car window was smashed and a few things taken from that block of Hobart as well around 6AM

  • Not sure why this is a post and PoP hasn’t written anything about the shooting (with an actual gun) on Friday night on Harvard St. between Sherman and Georgia.

  • Thanks for graciously publicizing this incident at my request, POP.

    My roommate went to the Third District today to file a police report. A 3D Commander and Lieutenant, who offered to send officers to take the report yesterday, promptly responded to my email. The Lieutenant indicated that officers had responded to a 911 caller name “Jimmy” who reported being shot by a pellet gun around 12:30 p.m. However, he stated officers cleared the area 20 minutes later unable to find the victim/claimant.

    We called 911 at 11:26 p.m. according to my cell phone, and the operator did not request a name. My roommate left the area immediately because he believed the shot had been fired from one of the homes on the block.

  • Could be worse – we could live in Chicago.

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