Man Shot in Back After Resisting Robbery in Adams Morgan, Man Shot in Head in Eckington

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From MPD:

Early this morning, at approximately 3:00 AM, 3 suspects in a gray or silver Dodge approached 2 citizens with a gun in the 2300 block of Ontario Rd. NW, and demanded their money. One of the citizens resisted the demands by the suspects and was shot in the upper back by one of the suspects. All 3 suspects then fled in their vehicle northbound on Ontario Rd. NW. Nothing was obtained during the robbery. The injured citizen was taken to a local hospital where he is being treated for his injuries, and is considered to be in fair condition. The second citizen was not injured. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Third District Detective’s office on 202-673-6915 or 202-727-9099.

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@IAFF36 tweeted:

“Shooting (230am) – unit blk S St NE – male shot in head, treated & transported to trauma center, life threatening”

Update from MPD:

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting which occurred in the Unit block of S Street, Northeast.

On Saturday, May 18, 2013 at approximately 3:20 am, units from the Fifth District responded to the sound of gunshots report in the Unit block of S Street, Northeast. Upon their arrival, they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Personnel from DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent is identified as 21-year-old Dontel Price of Northeast, Washington, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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  • “3 suspects in a gray or silver Dodge approached 2 citizens with a gun”

    The police need to hire a proofreader, unless the victims had the gun.

    • That’s just the ambiguity of the English language.

      • Ever read a police report, especially when you were a victim or witness?

        My spouse kindly points out that the talents and skills of police officers lie in areas other than writing.

  • What happened to the street cameras that were supposed to be installed? With them we would have a good view of the vehicle and possibly the license plate or maybe even the suspects.

  • Eeek – I live around the corner from the Eckington shooting. Scary stuff.

    • you do live in a transitional neighborhood. news like this is rough, but it shouldn’t be surprising.

      • It is very surprising. There hasn’t been a serious crime in this portion of eckington in years. No one almost killed or killed probably since the high profile killings in 2008. Now an almost murder and an armed robbery on the same day. The only thing that comes close was the violent beating on Lincoln but that was over a year ago.

        So, yeah, it’s quite surprising… Despite your perception violent crime is pretty rare around there. Robberies are even pretty rare. What are not rare are breakins of houses and cars. Those happen with some frequency during the middle of the day (houses) and night (cars).

      • murder is always scary and horrible. always.

    • I live a block away from that corner too… and it’s the one area I try to avoid passing thru.

  • brookland_rez

    I lived at Lincoln and R from June 2008 to June 2009. I personally didn’t have any issues, but there was a shooting one night at the Yeung Feung carryout and my vehicle parked on R St near the corner of N. Cap got a few stray bullets. The shop that repaired it was here in NE DC and said that incidents like mine were not uncommon for that area.

    A couple of times I came home to find the block police taped off and choppers flying overhead. And there was a murder on Quincy st NE.

    That part of Eckington, you have to be careful. Very careful. Shit, I know someone who got robbed at gunpoint in Brookland so you have to be careful anywhere.

  • It’s summertime, school is out and it’s the weekend. Wife and I were comnig home last night and saw a brawl in the middle of the street at 15th and Gales where kids were running in all directions and ones face was smashed in, cant find any news of it on MPD site/twitter. (They never release hardly anything it seems) Interestingly when I was on grand jury I noticed most of the cases peak during summer months… And July 4th? I’d recommend staying indoors, be ready for it. Silver lining is my and I leave the city for the summer, after august things will simmer down again.

    • Interesting you mention July 4th. My brother and husband were held up by gun in our back alley last July 4th. (In NE DC)

  • A lot has changed in this neighborhood since you lived here four years ago. Sure the area is still transitional, but it’s absolutely surprising that someone was shot in the head. The unit block of S Street NE has come a very long way and is mostly newly developed condos and group houses with young professionals now.

  • That’s interesting the person chose to resist being robbed at gunpoint. I’ve wondered what would happen if someone didn’t comply with the assailant. It also reminded me of an article I read in the New York Times about people from the Bronx sometimes no longer complying with the demands of a robber.

  • What do people living in Eckington do to take safety precautions? We’re moving there soon and wondering how to protect against burglaries, etc. Very good alarm system? Anything else? Our back door will have a glass panel, now I’m wondering whether that is a mistake.

    • We have an alarm and doors with glass panels – no problems yet.

      The best thing you can do is be friendly with your neighbors. Everyone on our block looks out for each other. If someone was poking around my house, I’m sure one of my neighbors would let me know, as I would for them too.

      The neighborhood is nice; you just need to be aware of your surroundings.

    • Do the same thing you would do in any other neighborhood in a large city. I have lived on the unit block of S Street NE for almost four years. Things have changed pretty drastically, especially on our street. But it’s still the city and if you leave an easy way for someone to break in, or make yourself appear vulnerable, you might be a victim. I’m not sure I would want to have a ground level glass door in the back without a security door – lots of daytime burglaries happened last year when people kicked in the back door during the day while the owners were at work.

      I live on the third floor of a condo and have a 90 pound dog, so I’m not too concerned about break-ins. As for walking around the neighborhood, I’ve never been bothered in four years.

  • so basicallly if I’m always indoors before 1AM I will be mostly safe?

    • Probably so, but then how will you score that great crack rock? I hear the best rock only comes out at night. :-/

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