Two Shot in the 600 block Park Road, NW around 7:30pm Tues. Night

From MPD:

“At approximately 7:24 p.m., MPD Third District units were dispatched to the 600 blocks of Park Road and Morton Streets to investigate the sounds of gunshots. Upon MPD’s arrival, two victims were located with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds and transported to area hospitals. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Metropolitan Police Department on 202-727-9099. Thank you.”


“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in connection with an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), which occurred in the 600 block of Morton Street, NW.

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at approximately 7:22 pm, an adult male and a juvenile female were at the playground located in the 600 block of Morton Street, NW, when an armed male subject entered the playground and began shooting. Both the adult male and juvenile female sustained a gunshot wound. Both shooting victims were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

The subject is described as follows:

Black male armed with a silver handgun, mid 20’s, approximately 5’4’’ tall, medium complexion, light goatee, wearing a black skull cap, black hooded sweatshirt, black cargo pants or black jeans, black timberland boots and black sunglasses.

The Metropolitan Police Department is offering a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for committing this shooting. 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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  • Park Morton Strikes Again!

  • Wonder if this means we will see any regular patrols going into summer? Drive down this block a few times a week & am consistently amazed at lack of presence. Compared to 13th & Columbia (which at least had super bright spotlight in the playground) this is the wild, Wild West.

  • I wonder if the District could sue the Commonwealth of Virginia for its lax gun laws facilitating carnage in our city. (No this is not trolling; this is a serious question.)

    • If your theory on Virginias gun laws is correct, then wouldn’t most of Virginia be awash in gun violence in the same way as DC?

      • Whether Virginia has gun violence or not is irrelevant — the reality is that, as Mayor Bloomberg has repeatedly documented, Virginia’s lax gun laws facilitate criminals buying guns in the state and then taking them elsewhere (e.g. DC, NYC) to commit crimes they wouldn’t otherwise be able to commit in a violent manner.

        • Dude, seriously, have you ever heard of the black market. ‘When guns are illegal, only the criminals will have guns.’ Only a truly naive person would ever think that restricting guns would result in criminals not having guns. That’s what they do- break laws! As we’ve seen with illegal drugs, if there’s a demand, there will inevitably be a supply.

          • So what happens when the supply is constrained?

            Demand will increase cost, reducing availability. I don’t think you’ve thought this one through.

          • Supply is theoretically already “constrained” when it comes to illegal drugs, but they’re available to many- and it happens to be the poor- you know, those who don’t have any money- who take advantage of them the most. Besides, black markets thrive on other criminal activities that bring in revenue (human trafficking, crime rings, etc.). They’ll get the money one way or the other. Yes, I’ve thought it through, and I’m not alone on this. People think that putting a bunch of laws on the books will just magically solve problems when that is simply not the case (As an example, look at the effectiveness of restraining orders. In theory, it sounds great- get a piece of paper that “protects” you from an aggressor. In reality, if you Gavin de Becker, these things can actually provoke violence and ultimately cannot protect you from someone intent on doing you harm.)

          • Dude, seriously, have you even seen a black market manufactured gun? Only a truly naive person would ever think that lax gun laws and loopholes well known to criminals won’t increase the number of guns in the hands of criminals.

            That’s what they do! Find loopholes and exploit them, as we’ve seen with Sudafed which could be bought in bulk to make meth, Sudefed is still legal but you can no longer buy all the Sudafed in the store because it is obvious you are going to manufacture illegal drugs with it.

            Every illegal gun starts off legal, no one you are replying to said anything about making guns illegal, they wondered if VA could be held responsible for their lax laws causing injuries/deaths all over the east coast. You can take your straw man argument and your condescension and shove it my talking points regurgitating friend.

          • Dunning-K: I think you ignored the original poster’s reference to Bloomberg. Context is important. The guy is on record supporting a ban on guns, not just “illegal guns.” In Bloomberg’s world, not only would we not have access to big cups of Pepsi, law-abiding citizens wouldn’t have access to guns- except for some unwieldly, huge rifle that’s best left at your cabin up in Wisconsin. No thanks. As for talking points- hey, if I’m right, I’m right.

          • “The guy is on record supporting a ban on guns, not just “illegal guns.””

            not true.

          • His agenda will not stop at background checks, kids- In his latest scheme, he recently tried to ban guns in Chipotles (I’m assuming those guns held by people with LEGAL concealed carry), and he failed. The guy doesn’t stop:

          • “The guy is on record supporting a ban on guns, not just “illegal guns.””

            not true.

          • Oh, Anonymous 9:17, you are being most obstinate. What part of trying to ban “legal” guns in Chipotle do you not understand? That is, by definition, calling for a ban on legal guns, albeit in certain locations. Fact. But the bigger point, here, is that Nanny Bloomberg had demonstrated time and again that he will not stop at background checks- background checks that only non-criminals comply with in the first place! Meanwhile, Chicago with the most strict gun laws in the nation is on fire… Anti-gun advocates are well-meaning, but unfortunately understand little about how reality unfolds day to day in our world. I wish I could wear those rose-colored glasses, but reason gets in the way.

          • But you aren’t right, and arguing against the most extreme point of view on a issue when no one you are discussing it with is advocating that view is pundit talking points BS. You are right that banning all guns is probably not a good idea, but no one here is advocating that… you really put the smackdown on that straw man way to go! Meanwhile the rest of us are naively trying to have a discussion with you despite your clear lack of interest in discussing anything with real people.

            The OP doesn’t say we should do as Bloomberg says, just that he thoroughly documented and brought to light the issue of Virginia guns killing people all across the mid-Atlantic.

            Why don’t you respond to anything I said instead of what you infer?

            Seat belt laws (not click-it or ticket, the ones requiring car manufacturers to install seatbelts) were wildly successful in curbing car accident fatalities (the car lobby fought it like mad for years). Loitering laws make it harder to reliably operate an open air drug market. Neither of these laws can eradicate accident fatalities or open air drug markets but they are part of a large amount of legislation to curb these problems (other laws as part of the effort include: speed limits, drunk driving laws, distracted driving laws, mandatory car inspections, mandatory safety standards, employer piss tests, tax laws, money laundering laws, conspiracy laws, etc).

            Restraining orders aren’t a magic shield as you seem to believe they need to be in order to be deemed a success, but I’m pretty sure there are a lot of battered women who are alive today because of them. I don’t think you know how to support your argument.

      • I’d think there’s a population density difference.

        Lax gun laws may be fine when you’re on a quarter acre of land. Things get complicated real quick when you share a city block with a few hundred people…

        • Really? Population density is the reason why there are so many more actual or wannabe murderers in DC than VA?.

          • Yes, it’s true. More opportunities to have face-to-face interactions with others leads to more opportunities for conflict. Add the heat of summer – which leads to increased stress levels – and you can easily see why a rational person will snap. More privacy, such as in the suburbs, gives people opportunities to let conflicts resolve themselves via isolation.
            This is why large-scale housing projects are an abject failure.

          • Do you live anywhere near Park Morton? It’s a garden-style low-rise apt. building, just like the neighborhood it’s in. Much less dense than Alexandria, Clarendon, and much of NoVA, where guns are easy to buy during the “heat of summer” or even when “things get complicated real quick”. Please don’t offer easily refuted, pointless rationales to serious problems with obvious causalities.

          • And why are guns easy to buy in Park Morton?

            Maybe because it’s a 15 minute drive from the VA border, and VA has lax gun laws.

            Again, I really don’t think you are thinking this one through…

          • “Much less dense than Alexandria, Clarendon, and much of NoVA”

            You are comparing one low income block with a very high income suburb/city.

            That’s not very smart.

  • Park Morton! And yet some folks want to turn the Old Jewish Home in Columbia Heights into another low income housing project. DC hasn’t proven they can handle the existing complexes. And next door to a school and the retail strip on 11th st? No thanks! That being said, I hope the victims are ok.

    • It’s unfair of you to suggest that being poor — and living in social housing — means you will bring gun violence to a community.

      • that is not what they are saying. they weren’t saying that every person that lives there is committing a crime, but rather that most of the crimes in that neighborhood are coming from Park Morton.

      • Sometimes statistically significant correlations are a bitch, in that they don’t care about political correctness.

      • This kind of empty-headed babble makes me nuts, because if gives all liberals a bad rap. Of course being poor does not automatically mean you will bring gun violence to a community. No one is suggesting causation. But as others have pointed out, there’s a pretty strong correlation between poverty and street crime. Of course there are notable exceptions – Albrecht Murth, for example – but I’d wager if you lived up all the individuals who committed street crime in DC in the past 12 months, especially violent crime, the one characteristic they would overwhelmingly share would be poverty.

        • I think you’d find quite a few more correlations aside from just SES. You have to be careful that you don’t imply causation from mere correlation.

          • If you read my initial post is was more about the “ability of the District to manage” affordable housing. Unfortunately, right or wrong, Park Morton and several affordable housing projects in Columbia Heights are the hot spot for illegal activity.

          • When pointing out correlation, posters have to make extra-clear that they absolutely, positively do not mean causation to make sure that those without a basic grasp of logic don’t get confused? Fantastic.
            And just curious – what other correlations would you expect to find (that aren’t traced back to SES)?

        • (Except Albrecht Muth wasn’t convicted of street crime, so he’s not a good example to spupport your argument.)

    • Agreed. I support more police and after school program funding way before I want any more money invested in public housing.

    • how can we stop the old jewish home from becoming another project?

      • There is a public hearing on the Old Jewish Home Project on June 17th…. Please attend!

        Meeting Location:
        Petworth Library 4200 Kansas Ave. NW Washington, DC 20011
        Date / Time: June 17, 2014 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

  • NBC4 is reporting that one of the two shot was a seven year old child, and that the gun fight took place on a playground at an apartment complex. There’s a special place in hell for someone who would bring a gun to a playground in the first place, much less start shooting up a swing set full of little kids.

    • I hope the people that work for DC government are held accountable as to why this place wasn’t shut down already. Wasn’t it supposed to be shuttered awhile ago?

    • and by “apartment complex” you mean social housing, inevitably a hotbed of violent crime

      • The Post refers to it as an “apartment development” – doubtless using the same rationale as when they referred to the goings-on at the Zoo as “traditional Easter Monday festivities” or some other equally bland politically correct euphemism.

        • Would it really add much to the story to say this happened in a poor part of town? Isn’t the point that two people got shot and that’s horrible?

          • Well, that’s one point. But if, when you see a story about crime, all you do is shake your head and mutter about how horrible it is, things aren’t likely to change, are them. The larger point of this story (one of them, at least) is that “social housing” has proven to be a bad way to provide housing in this country, and that alternatives should be explored.

        • What’s your point? The Park Morton is an “apartment development.” And the annual gathering of black families at the Zoo the Monday after Easter is a “traditional Easter Monday festivity.” The fact that some bad actors show up and do bad things doesn’t change the essence of the place or the event.

  • It was supposed to be re developed into mixed income housing many years ago. DC Government dragged it’s feet (shocker), a new RfP has been released for the project and is due in July. Let’s hope it doesn’t take another 7 years to get this done.

    • Considering the lack of federal money available for large-scale public housing redevelopment (HOPE VI is gone and the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is extremely competitive), it will probably take at least another 7 years to cobble together the financing.

  • It’s not about poverty – most low-income people don’t shoot people, let alone 7 year old girls. It’s about criminal behavior and the people that commit it. We rip down buildings when kids don’t learn in them. We rip down buildings when murderers reside there. Just plain stupid.

    • Where is the incentive to continue investing in these housing communities when the results are continued poverty and criminal behavior? DC taxpayers are just throwing good money after bad.

  • Those suggesting that part of the solution to this violence includes getting rid of this housing are overlooking the fact that the kids who were playing in the playground, including the girl who was shot, likely live in that housing. Where would they go? Why should they be forced out?

    Why do these suggested solutions seem to benefit outsiders and appeal to the fantasies of frustrated blog ranters? I think better protection for the good people that live in this housing, some of whom are victims of this unending violence, is needed.

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