Shooting at 14th and Randolph St, NW – Plus “39,000 outdoor gunshot incidents in the past eight years” Check Out a Map of Incidents Since 2009


From MPD:

“Shortly before 2 AM on November 4, 2013, MPD units received a call for the sounds of gunshots in the vicinity of 14th & Randolph Streets, NW. Upon their arrival on scene, they located an adult male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local area hospital for treatment. A lookout was provided for 2 Hispanic males, one was approx. 5’5-5’6” tall, wearing a white polo shirt with an orange stripe, and the other was approximately 6’ tall with a blue button-up shirt.

Fourth District detectives are actively investigating the case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call (202) 727-9099 or send a text to 50411.”

Thanks to all who sent links to the Washington Post’s Shots heard around the District:

“The District’s ShotSpotter has detected 39,000 outdoor gunshot incidents in the past eight years. Sensors cover about a third of the city and are concentrated where gun crime is highest.”

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  • The concentration and number of shots around Petworth/Park View is shocking. Never in a million years would I have put it in the same category as some of the other neighborhoods that stand out on that map.

    • how long have you lived in the area?

      this is dating back to 09. was a different neighborhood then

      • I don’t live there, but some close friends of mine have been there since 2001, and while I’ve been aware of crimes like drug dealing, muggings and burglaries, it never really seemed like much of a shooting gallery to me.

    • I’m not a Polyanna about living in my neighborhood (northern Park View), but I really question the accuracy of this map. I’ve heard shots maybe 3-4 times since moving in 2010, which is a lot less than I used to hear in my old neighborhood (Bloomingdale). My hunch is that a lot of this is actually fireworks.

  • i figured you would cover that post article
    it is rather interesting to see them placed on a map
    not that it is a huge surprise though
    would have been better if the entire city was covered by the sensors though

  • “Sensors cover about a third of the city…”

    I wonder if these have been put on the taller overhead streetlights. I have seen some weird contraptions on the top of streetlights around H St. Wouldn’t surprise me since the most concentrated amount of reports are in Kingman Park/Trinidad.

    Crazy that this area has more than Anacostia and even then most in Anacostia were in 2009/2010. I wish you could filter by year and I’m sure you would see a lot less recently.

    • Although, That Man A is right. Are these areas just highlighted in most because that’s where the sensors are? Since they put in because those areas supposedly had more violence? I doubt there’s any in Glover Park or Tenleytown.

    • i saw one of those(i think im thinking of the same thing) on MD ave while on my bike around there
      i had no clue, but it would make sense if thats what it was

  • Great use of data analytics. I agree with the person above, it would be great if we could toggle the map by year to see the changes. C’est la vie.

    • Actually, this is a terrible use of the data. The blobs are meaningless because they are not scaled along with the data. You have to zoom in three times to see actual graphical representation of the data, and then it looks a lot less dramatic and much more concentrated to specific blocks (ie, Park Morton). The data is labeled for being representative to a 1/4 mile, but that distance isn’t represented on the map. It’s fine to aggregate things to within a 1/4 mile, but then change the scale of the graphic element to reflect that. The little squares mean nothing until you click down.

      And there’s no year-to-year change, so it’s one giant data dump when – as the accompanying article says — detections are down %40 percent.

      • andy

        I agree with that too. You look at Columbia Heights and you see a uniform blob of purple, i.e., max number of shootings on the legend. Then you zoom down and it’s way, way less on the same blocks. Not a fan from accuracy purposes.

  • andy

    I would really appreciate a coverage map for the ShotSpotter devices. I appreciate that they are valuable for identifying crime locations and dispatching responses.

    But I hesitate to say that they create a map of gun crime in the District unless I could see the coverage and reliability ratings on a similar block-by-block level.

    • The map legend is not well done. There should be another color for “zero”. As it is now, zero is lumped in with up to 200 (light blue), so it is impossible to tell where the devices are located (perhaps this is by design by LE?)

    • this is absurd – why would you install shot spotters in neighborhoods that have almost no gun crime? you think a shot spotter in the Palisades would uncover a heretofore unknown concentration of shootings?

      • Agreed. Huge waste of resources. Keep the resources concentrated in the problematic areas (east of the park, Trinidad, Hill East, etc.) so you can drive down the crime as quickly as possible.

        • I think you both misunderstood Andy’s point. I read his message as questioning why the map didn’t show where the spotters are located and not as advocating city-wide coverage.

          • Pointing out the location of the devices would jeopardize them.

            Police know instantly when gunfire in the city happens – you don’t think the local street crews wouldn’t be interested in destroying them?

          • andy

            Yes, I saw the credits for season 1 of the Wire as well! (ha) People don’t like their crimes being detected.

            I wondered why there were no detected shootings in a slice of Northeast.

            Do you think that no shootings happened between New Hampshire Ave NE and Michigan Avenue NE since 2009?

            I doubt it, so I wanted to know the coverage levels. If they can’t offer us any sense of where they were doing detection and how well, how can the Post offer us a block by block map?

          • Geez, Ben, I’m not saying they should tell us the exact location of each spotter, just that the Post should tell us which areas of town have no spotters so that we can tell whether the blanks means no shots or no data.

          • Kenyon: All I know is they began implementing this in 2006 in SE and hoped to eventually cover the entire city.

            No idea on the rollout timeframe- but again I’m sure they want to keep what areas are covered and what areas are not for security concerns.

            I also know these detectors can tell the difference from a backfire, firecracker etc.

        • I read it as questioning whether there is gunfire in areas that appear to have zero gunfire because of a lack of shot spotter coverage.

          • The map would be way too cluttered if it showed both the ShotStopper locations (which I don’t necessarily think is a good idea from a law enforcement standpoint).
            I think it’s pretty clear in the map legend that squares that are not colored did not have reported shooting incidents. If you look a solitary blue squares surrounded by clear areas, you’ll see that those blue squares often have only 1 or 2 incidents in the past four years (and most of those are in 2009 or 2010). Also, the legend changes in amount as you zoom in/out.

          • andy

            I imagined a different map or a map layer they could add/toggle.

    • Agreed. It would be very useful to know whether a blank area means no shots or no shotspotter.

      • which blank area do you suspect actually has gunfire but is not being reported due to a lack of shot spotters?

        remember, MPD put shotspotters in areas that have historically experienced gun crime.

    • andy

      Focusing resources is good.

      What made me wonder about the coverage was the slice between Brookland and Fort Totten, which I hesitate to believe has zero gun crime. The map makes it seem that way.

      A coverage map would help me interpret what we see. Imagine a Census where only a third of the District was covered based on where the Census says are the most people. I would not say that is accurate, even if it found most of the people within range.

  • Gun control does not work, but gentrification does!

  • Very cool map. But it’s a little misleading. It makes it seem like Petworth/Trinidad/SE are the only areas with gunshots.

    I also question the accuracy. ex: Almost no incidents at 17th & Euclid, and zero off of 14th St in 2013 (when there were 2-3 shootouts in the last 2 months).

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