Fatal Shooting in the Rear of the 700 Block of 12th Street, SE

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From MPD:

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting which occurred in the rear of the 700 block of 12th Street, SE.

On Monday, June 24, 2013, at approximately 1:25 am, members of the First District received a call for the report of a shooting in the rear of the 700 block of 12th Street, Southeast, Washington, D.C. Upon their arrival, the members located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent is identified as 25 year-old Tywayne Thompson of Southeast, 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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  • justinbc

    They really need to work on the language of that press release. It almost sounds like he died from being shot in the butt, when I’m guessing they meant he was shot at the back of the alley.

  • So what’s the deal with that block between 11th and 12th? Projects? Subsidized housing? Retirement home? Shooting gallery? I go to Mangialardo’s all the time and never get shot. Yet.

    • GiantSquid

      There’s a housing project on between 12th and 13th.

    • I work at 12th & M and walk by this block every day on my way to and from work. I haven’t gotten shot yet either.
      Although, the projects are on I Street, not G, aren’t they?

      • They’re on G and I. Potomac Gardens is a major complex, taking up the whole block- it looks like a prison to me and has a nasty history to go along with it. I purposely go to Harris Teeter early on Saturday or right after church on Sunday to avoid being near this place when more people are out. A guy was shot in the head about a year ago on G right in front of the place. Call me overly cautious, but I avoid being near here when I can.

        • I don’t mind walking by there during the day– it’s usually just a bunch of older folks hanging out/playing chess that ignore me. But I agree that the area has a certain vibe that makes me definitely not want to be there at night.

      • GiantSquid

        The project “compound” (aka the fenced in area) is bounded by 12th and 13th streets to the west and east, G to the north, I to the south.

    • the PG tower is seniors low income housing (little less than half the units but not the same head count) as he lower rise complex of single family public housing units. There’s also Hopkins just north of the SE Freeway.

      fwiw – Carver Langston to the north has a worse reputation than either of these as far as crime goes.

      • That’s because Carver Langston is historic. All those Longtime Residents. That streetcar they’re opening this Xmas is going to be a real game changer. No longer will kids have to carjack in order to rob people in Bethesda.

  • A killing like this is always tragic no matter where it happens. I’ve live here for a long time and I must say that the homicide rate today is nothing like it was in the 80’s or 90’s, but still tragic. If I remember correctly last year the total homicide rate was about 78? Does anyone know where statistics stand at this point in 2013? Let’s just hope it keeps trending down.

    • This homicide is the 39th of the year.

    • I’m worried that this will just trigger a retaliation shooting.

    • As Anonymous 10:15am said, we are currently at 39 homicides for the year. This time last year, which was a record low year for homicides, we were at 41, so we are trending ever so slightly lower than last year. About a month ago we were almost 20% below last year, but this month has seen a slight uptick in homicides which has meant we’ve almost crept back to the level of last year. As you say, every homicide is tragic, but at least we’re not seeing the 1 a day homicide rate of the 1990’s.

    • It’s not tragic. The violent people who live at Potomac Gardens don’t care that this kid got shot. Many will head out again tonight, armed, and will kill someone else over something meaningless.

      • “it’s not tragic” – not quite sure how you can say that. Yes, some of the people who are killed do lead violent lives, I think we are all aware of that, and some of the victims of homicide are not necessarily “innocent victims,” but the tragedy lies in the fact that our society has led to this result. These people didn’t have to live violent lives or die at an early age – this could have been stopped and it wasn’t inevitable. Therein lies the tragedy.

  • Very unfortunate but sadly, also to be expected. We’re going to have 1-2 shootings a year as well as other related crime in this area until the city converts both Potomac Gardens and Hopkins into mixed income units. I don’t think either is on the city’s priority list for applying for HOPE grants.

    • You are right about the complex remaining as-is. I have been there 3 times in the last year and there have been repairs and upgrades made to these buildings. They look the same from the street but the infrastructure is much better than when I was there 8 years ago. Being there only during the day I find the elderly people friendly and staff helpful. I think the elderly residents never set foot outside after dark.

  • Just signed a lease for 12th and I…sigh.

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