Shooting Homicide in Columbia Heights at 9:40pm; Early Morning Stabbing in Adams Morgan

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Thanks to all who emailed/tweeted alerts.

From MPD:

“On Saturday, January 10, 2015, around 9:40 pm the victim was shot while in the 3400 block of Holmead Place, NW. He was transported to Medstar by DC FEMS but efforts to save his life failed and he was pronounced dead. Detectives of the Homicide Branch are investigating. The next of kin of the decedent has not been notified at this time. The area will be held by police until a daylight canvass for evidence can be conducted.

If anyone has any information they are asked to call the MPD CIC @ 202-727-9099 or text 50411.”

UPDATE from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in the 3400 block of Holmead Place, Northwest.

On Saturday, January 10, 2015, at approximately 9:40 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to investigate the sound of gunshots reported in the area of 14th and Monroe Streets, NW. Upon arrival in the area, the officers were directed to the 3400 block of Holmead Place, NW, where they located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The victim has been identified as 21-year-old Eduardo Carias-Martinez, of Hyattsville, Maryland.

Investigation into the incident continues. Suspect information is not available at this time.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099.”

From @dcalerts:

“3 D is investigating a stabbing at 0319 hours in the 1800 block of Columbia Rd. No Lookout”

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  • What a sad way to start my Sunday morning… This strikes too close to home. RIP and my heart goes out to the victims family.

    There have been 4 murders within 5 blocks of this in the past year. Countless gunshots as well.

    During the last campaign Brianne Nadeau said that her most important priority for the ward is affordable housing.

    Brianne: We beg you. Please leave affordable housing to the Mayor and the DC Housing Authority. We need your full attention to help bring safety to our streets, focusing on quality of life issues, not bringing more housing units online for people that aren’t your constituents because they don’t live here yet.

    Focus on the growing number of business vacancies in Columbia Heights and on upper 14th Street.

    Focus on the drug dealing, the gun shots, the stabbings, the crime, the graffiti, the prostitution, even the rats. But please do something. Your term has started.

    • The violence is real, and disturbing. But to most of us, the first thing that goes through our minds when we read about such event is to ask whether the assailant knew the victim. Because when the violence is between friends, partners, or part of a drug deal, while sad, it is not something many see as directly affecting our risk (except for the possibility of bystanders getting hurt, which is real, especially when guns are used), or unless we are friends or partner with violence people who use weapons, or purchase or sell drugs on the street – I realize many, many people do these things and thus may be at greater risk, but whether we do these things is something we feel we have some degree of control over, so we think there are things we can do to minimize our risk of violence happening to us (whether that is correct or not, as the ubiquity of domestic violence reminds us). As to bystander risk, I also look at the time the events occurred – though I lived for many years close to 18th and Columbia, I asked myself if I was ever out at that corner after 3 a.m., and the answer was not often, hardly ever, if ever. At 9:40, I’m much more likely to be walking around outside, says my brain, when I articles like this, so that one scares me more.

      In addition from the bystander risk, what we are concerned about as quality of life crime is whether strangers are being preyed upon – then we feel we may be at risk simply for the bad luck of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But much of the violence is not between strangers. To call this a quality of life issue can be seen as wanting the people engaged in the violence to move elsewhere – which is what happens when street drug dealing, for example, is forced to move elsewhere – it just moves, it doesn’t go away, though it may make one neighborhood safer.

      The real quality of life issues – making our city safer for everyone – requires more than policing our streets – it requires effective education that creates real alternative to drugs, selling or dependence, for peoples’ lives. It requires education about effective ways of dealing with conflict between friends, acquaintances, romantic partners and business partners without pulling out a weapon. These things are not easy to achieve, but only working for them over decades will effectively change the violence in our city. Policing can help with violence against strangers on the street (though there is an argument that it also simply moves elsewhere), but real alternatives to violence are not easy to achieve.

      I used to be hopeful that we could teach alternatives, but as our country has become more violent (multiple long-term wars involving drone attacks, without even the domestic protest against such aggression that was there pointing to an alternative when I was growing up in the 60s and 70s) and our increasingly violent entertainment I (think violent video games), I no longer have much hope that we are even moving in the right direction.

      • The murder rate in the US is at a 100-year low. Crime in general has dropped significantly in recent years.

        • Yeah, but the murder rate dropped a lot from improvements in emergency health care – people who used to die now recover. Same as with wartime injuries. In fact, improvements in battlefield medicine then get used in civilian hospitals. In fact, the number of people wounded by gunshots in the U.S. is up sharply – they just aren’t dying in the numbers they used to from the gunshots.

          • No one actually knows how many people are non-fatally injured by firearms each year. There’s no complete data set; FBI UCR & NCVS data will give you one result, CDC analysis will give you another. Violent crime as a whole is down significantly from its peak in the early 1990’s.

    • Too close to home + 1. I live around the corner–walked my dog past there just before 9:30 and heard the sirens a little while after I got back. What the hell is going on??

  • Saw the family of the victim this afternoon standing at the site of the murder last night. Wasn’t able to tell if any of them actually lived in the neighborhood or nearby or if they were just visiting the site from elsewhere. It seemed like the actual shooting was in the alley or just on the corner of the alley directly behind Monroe on holmead and newton (NOT the alley behind the Giant where the Tivoli complex is)

    One fear I have as a resident is any type of retaliation or cluster of violence in this area now if the victim’s friends and family live in the area and this murders does have a connection to gang activity.

    There is still blood on the sidewalk and dirt planters boxes.

    Happy 2015.

    • So yea .. if that’s the case it took place DIRECTLY behind my house. I came home a bit after, but most everything was cleaned up. Officer said he had to escort me in case they missed any shell casings, etc. Unfortunately, we live in a denser city – and stuff like this is inevitable, regardless of the location (of course certain ones are more prone then others).

      Crazy this happened on our block. I think this is one of the nicer/friendlier blocks in Columbia Heights – even with the weird (what appears to be) lower income condo complex on the corner, the residents are still friendly.

      Any idea if this was related to the string of Chipotle stabbings 1.5 years ago ?

      Also, funny twitter meetup between all of us on the block
      http://i.imgur.com/z0tkOJL.jpg

      • I’d really like to no more from police about motive. The victim was not from the neighborhood and the individual was masked. Was this a random robbery gone bad or a targeted killing?

        The “memorial” that has been set up by family members on the spot where he was shot is filled up with full and half-full liquor bottles and some teddy bears and balloons. Is this type of memorial typically associated with gang activity?

        The time of the incident was earlier enough where a robbery wouldn’t seem out of the question since there is a lot of foot traffic but at the same time the constant flow of police along Monroe is amazingly high – this seems to be a bad place to try and rob someone especially at that time of night.

        There was also a huge commotion after the incident with 5-6 young adults who came running at police and were banging on the ambulance, screaming at them. Police detained one of the individuals who attacked an officer during the melee. Any more information about that?

        • Several of your questions are the kind that the police won’t be at liberty to answer while they’re investigating the matter, even if they know the answers.

          • There was a vigil last night at the spot of the murder – maybe 10-15 people in attendance. There were 2 marked police cars watching the vigil along with 1 unmarked car full of plain clothes cops across the street.

            There were also 2 detectives passing out fliers and trying to speak to people on the corner.

            Got the sense this wasn’t a random robbery. Fearful that there could be retribution but it’s not clear if anyone involved actually lives in the neighborhood. If not, then guessing any retribution won’t be happening around CH. However, if those involved are frequent visitors to this block or area, start practicing your drop to the ground and duck moves when you hear gunfire.

  • Speaking of close to home, I like how Google Maps tells you how far away a pin is on a map. That way I know it was only a 2 minute walk to the stabbing and a 5 minute drive to the shooting.

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