4 Shot 2600 Block of Stanton Rd, SE; 1 Shot in the rear of the 800 block of Crittenden St, NW; Double Stabbing at 14th and Maryland Ave, NE

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Tweeted by @IAFF36:

“Double Shooting – 2600 Stanton Road Se BFC & additional EMS units requested”

“Update – 2600blk Stanton Rd SE – Engine 15 reporting 3 confirmed shot, 1 pt priority-1 life-threatening & 2 pts priority-2”

“Update – 2600blk Stanton Rd SE – 4th victim shot, in 2600blk Douglas Pl SE, gunshot graze to foot, transp to trauma center #dcfd”

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From MPD:

“At approximately 4:30 AM on July 14, 2013, MPD units received a call for an attempted robbery in the rear of the 800 block of Crittenden Street, NW. Upon the units’ arrival, they met with the complainant who stated that he was approached by a black male subject who produced a handgun and demanded the complainant’s money. The complainant stated that he didn’t have any, so the suspect reportedly fired multiple shots, striking the complainant in the hand. The suspect then fled the area on foot. The complainant was transported to a local area hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.

The suspect was described as a black male, 5’6”-5’8”, dreadlocks, dark shirt, dark pants, armed with a gray handgun. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099 or text 50411.”

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From @dcalerts:

“Police Alert-Stabbing, 0039 hours, 14th & Maryland Ave NE. One suspect in custody DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911”

and from @DCPoliceDept:

“1D-Stabbing, 0039 hours, 14th & Maryland Ave NE. Two adult victims conscious and breathing. One suspect in custody.”

12 Comment

  • Who walks around the rear of the 800 block of Crittenden st at 430am??

    • Dear Richard, that would be the person who was mugged and shot.

    • people that get up and go to work early?

    • Someone who lives there and is going in the back door.

      Or was a universal curfew set without my having been aware of it?

    • andy

      Somebody please correct me, but I seem to recall a decent amount of drug-related crime in the general area between 7th/8th and Crittenden and Farragut. Sorry to be vague – maybe someone who lives nearby can recall the proper details here.

      • There were disputes between the Crittenden St gang (crew) and the Kennedy St crew for a few years. Last year, several were arrested and are now serving time. That particular kind of crime has decresased immensely over the past year. Lately, it has been mostly about cell phones & money.

  • Where’s national media? Where is Rev. Al or MSNBC? Oh that’s right, these miscreants can’t use their racial mongering on these tragedies.

  • Two days later, it is the reactions and post-mortem that stand out in my mind. It’s not so much that, just after sunset Saturday night on busy Stanton Rd. on the way back from the Giant that my car, at about 20 mph, ended up in the midst of some fore-to-aft crossfire between some teenagers who can’t shoot straight. Two bullet holes decorated my rear windshield, which did a good job of absorbing a lot of the energy, shattered like Bonomo Turkish Taffy.

    My reaction was shock at first, then appreciation for the windshield’s dampening the bullets. The police assigned to examine for evidence had a callous attitude. When they arrived at 1 am and started examining the contents of my car without telling me, I came out and chatted with them about the news that four people had been injured in the shootings. I expressed the hope that none of the injuries were serious. One of the officers said, “Serious to them, but not to me.” Another officer tried to incorrectly explain to me that a bullet shot from a distance would have far less momentum and not be as likely to travel far after penetrating a window. I started to explain that traveling through the air doesn’t significantly retard a bullet’s velocity, but I thought better of it. As it turned out, the heater-lined rear windshield rendered each bullet as fragments, and I wasn’t in as much danger as I could have been in front of a plain glass windshield.

    After thinking about my situation, I thought the Washington Post might be interested that my car was shot twice. I left my phone number with a reporter, but no one has called back. I have previously documented that the local news media have little interest in the travails of folks who live in Word 8. I suppose I shouldn’t regret the lack of special attention because I am white. I live in Ward 8, so I don’t count for as much as someone in Ward 3, where I used to live.

    My students at RICH took my brush with violence in stride. Students I spoke to in three different neighborhoods all heard shooting last night; the difference was no one apparently was hit, or at least no one called the police. They all know family members or friends who have been shot; it is part of life in Ward 8. One of my students owns a gun; he assured me he only uses it for special occasions. I told him he is much more likely to die because e owns that gun than otherwise. I have been told by more than one student that I need to get a gun.

    The Seventh Police District overlaps much of Ward 8. However, the piece of land that covers Anacostia High School is part of the Sixth Police District. There is virtually no way for the police to get to know the young people in the community. They, and the community at large, write off the teenage Jesse Jameses as punks not worth our time or energy. There is no effort to steer middle school kids to make right decisions. During the winter, Metro was just about to reroute a key commuter bus away from Wellington Park because of the violence there when the police finally admitted that they might be able to help the Metrobuses navigate the route safely. Middle school kids were throwing rocks at the buses, and no one in the community was stopping it.

    In the 60’s and 70’s, the catch phrase was, “Give a Damn.” Can we, please? Can we write about what we see and hear, even if it might not sell papers or attract viewers? Can we stand up to the callousness of government institutions like the police? Can we band together as neighbors and try to talk to our youth instead of letting them go every weekend to do what they want?

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