Shooting in Shaw at 7th and N St, NW Also Three Other Incidents Wed. Night

@DCPoliceDept tweeted around 12:30am:


Other shootings reported by @DCPoliceDept last night include:

“7D Shooting_2305 hrs_MLK Jr Ave at Malcolm X Ave, SE_No Lookout”

“6D Shooting, 2141 hours, 1000 48th Place NE, LOF Black Nissan Maxima with tinted windows.”

“6d shooting, 0112 hours, 3300 block Croffut Place SE.”

UPDATE: Statement Muriel Bowser:

“Today Democratic Nominee for Mayor, Councilmember Muriel Bowser, released a statement regarding the recent shootings that have occurred over the past week in the District of Columbia:

“I have been briefed by Chief Lanier on several shootings that have occurred over the past week in the District. I am saddened for the victims and their families, yet also outraged that the acts of a few individuals now threaten to erode our ability to feel safe in the District.

“Ensuring the public safety of Washingtonians is our top priority. After speaking with Chief Lanier, I know our police department is doing everything possible to keep our residents safe and deter additional shootings. But they can’t do it alone. If residents see something, say something. You can provide an anonymous tip anytime to 202-727-9099 or text to 50411. We are our brothers and sisters’ keepers, so we must work together to ensure a safer District for everyone. And, we must stay vigilant in condemning acts of violence and continuing to act on the values that make the District of Columbia the greatest city in the nation.”

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  • Thanks Muriel, for that profound statement.

  • I think Lanier is completely out of her depth as chief. I’ve never understood why DC doesn’t attract better talent to run our public safety agencies, MPD and DCFD have suffered from unqualified leadership. Is it an issue of DC not offering an attractive enough employment package, or is it the search process that is flawed?

    • I really don’t care about Lanier either way, but the fact is that high profile shootings aside violent crime in DC — including gun crimes — is actually down pretty dramatically this year. Overall violent crime is down 13.2 percent this year compared to last, and gun robberies are down 25 percent.

      • How closely do the reductions in crime track with the increases in income and education? that is, does the leadership deserve ANY credit at all?

        • Excellent point. I’d say a lot of the reason crime is down is simply because a lot of affluent, educated people have pushed out a lot (not all) of the criminal element. Lanier and Co. don’t get to take credit for demographic shifts that most certainly have an impact on crime rates.

      • I think you need to research the number of murders, which is way up.

  • Be careful what you wish for…

    • That’s a fair warning, but “doing something” doesn’t have to be Ferguson-style military crackdown. I’m not a police officer and I don’t play one on the internet, but I have to believe there is more that we can do as a city. And it would start with leadership at the top.

  • Bowser is soft on crime. Period. Just look at her ward. And I actually voted for her in the primary, but I’ve heard one too many “I’ve been briefed on the situation”, “I’m saddened” blah blah blah. Do something about it.

    • I don’t care about soft on crime. I want smart on crime. The last three or four decades have proved that locking people up for longer sentences in harsher conditions does squat to deter crime and improve communities. I know we face unique challenges in the US, with our hugely diverse population, but there has to be a smarter way to approach it.

      • The last three or four decades have also seen drastic decreases in crime. Smart on crime is not going to sell in the new DC. Popville posters routinely call for increased sentences and enforcement.

        • Accountering

          Hell yeah I do. To me, when you point a gun at another person and pull the trigger, you have lost your right to be a productive member of society, permanently.

          I do think we are massively over-incarcerating for drug crimes though. Decriminalizing marijuana would open up more than enough space in prison (and ultimately probably more than necessary) to accommodate throwing the book at people who are committing violent crimes.

          • If someone threatens my life and I am armed (I’m a gun owner, but only keep my pistol at home), I will shoot them. Does shooting someone in self defense make someone give up their right to be a productive member of society?

          • Accountering

            You know what I meant… Of course not. That would be more than justified..

      • Do you have evidence for your statement about how keeping people locked up for longer does nothing ? My understanding is that keeping a lot of these people in jail for longer periods of time (especially when they would be most active in their 20s through 30s) is excellent for cutting crime. This is especially true when you consider recidivism rates among prisoners- many seemed hard-wired to re-offend. When locked up, they cannnot re-offend so just taking them off the street automatically prevents future crimes from occurring. Granted, this does not address the larger issues, which would take a LOT longer: broken families, kids without fathers, etc… But I don’t think society is inclined to or has the resources to address those things.

        • Putting the rubber stamp on warehousing people in jail for life because society “isn’t inclined to deal with” the problems that affect their lives isn’t an answer.

          • Accountering

            Meh, concurrent with improving schools, stopping teenage pregnancies etc, this seems like it IS an answer.

          • I don’t see a problem with putting someone who commits a serious crime in jail for a significant period of time while investing resources into trying to help his (it’s almost always a he) son avoid making the same mistakes. But there is a limit to what society can and will invest. And there are limits to what any investment can accomplish. You can build all the shiny new schools you want to, but if the kids show up uninterested in and/or unprepared to learn, all you have is a nice new building for kids to spend 8 hours a day in.

          • It is the answer for the for-profit prison system. It shouldn’t be the answer for a fair-minded society. And to clarify, the poster was advocating warehousing people in jail INSTEAD of fixing the underlying problems, which is a cop-out. Hey, if someone has actually gotten a fair shot in the world (good schooling, safe neighborhood to grow up in, parents making a living wage that they could support their family on, good job prospects, no racial discrimination, no racial profiling, no role models lost to the lock-’em-up mentality, no school-to-prison pipeline working against them) and they STILL resort to violent crime, then fine, throw the book at them. But to act like none of those is a factor and that some people just belong in jail is crap.

          • Accountering

            @ Anon 10:59am
            I think that’s fair. I would love to get to that point – and am happy my tax dollars are being used in that direction. I am also happy to live in a city that I think does a better job than most in pushing towards that.
            With that said, we have a large population of teens and adults who have fallen through the cracks, and ultimately some do resort to violence. I am not willing to be a bleeding heart and see the best in everyone. There are people who the best outcome for society is for them to be locked in a cage.

          • Whoa, Anon @10:59, you just listed a LONG list of excuses as to why people shouldn’t be locked up. That is part of the victim mentality. As long as you can point to “racial discrimination,” no job prospects (something, btw, that affects a lot of people who don’t resort to crime!), etc., you will never ask for accountability or demand better. There are tons of people who get handed far from perfect lives, but they do not resort to violence/crime. Not many people will ever meet your list of requirements before we can lock them up without mercy. There are explanations, but there are never excuses.

  • If I see someone wielding a gun in the air and miming shooting someone, I will be sure to “say something”….

  • Damn Muriel, didn’t realize the election had already taken place. Usually I’m so good about voting.

  • Ok, I’m gonna get on my high horse.

    I feel like it’s shameful that anyone would use the “crime is way down” argument in light of four shootings in one night, which should never be excused or downplayed. It’d be good that crime may have decreased, but violent crime, sex offenses/harassment, and property crimes are just way too common in many of our neighborhoods.

    All this talk about police leadership and making more arrests feels like we’re focused on treating the symptoms rather than the root issue. Violent crime will not go away sufficiently until parents raise more responsible children who value human life, don’t steal from others, don’t turn to drugs, and don’t trash their own neighborhood. I don’t have all the answers but I’m pretty confident that we point our fingers at the police way too often and not enough at the perpetrators, and the environment that raised the perpetrator. I’m not talking about schools or juvenile counseling shortcomings, I’m talking about home.

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