Man Shot and Killed in a Car at 8th and Jefferson St, NW; Earlier Man Stabbed at 5400 Georgia Ave, NW

From MPD:

“On 3/12/15 at around 1:30 a.m. MPD responded to the sound of a gunshot in the area of 8th and Jefferson Street, NW. Officers arrived on the scene and discovered the victim, an adult male, seated in a car suffering from a gunshot wound. DC FEMS arrived on the scene to render medical assistance but determined that the victim did not have any signs of life. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin.

If anyone has any information regarding this crime, please call the MPD CIC at 202-727-9099 or text at 50411.”

@alanhenney tweeted us:


Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred at the intersection of 8th and Jefferson St. Northwest.

On March 12, 2015, at approximately 1:33 am the Fourth District Patrol Officers received a radio run for the “sounds of gunshots.” Upon their arrival on the scene, the decedent was located in a vehicle; suffering from gunshot wounds. The decedent has been identified as 20 year-old Christopher Adams of Northwest, Washington, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. 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.”

From MPD:

“Shortly before 7 PM on March 11, 2015, MPD units received a radio assignment for a male subject stabbed in the 5400 block of Georgia Avenue, NW. Units responded and located an adult male stabbed in the torso. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The lookout for the suspect is for a black male, approx. 25-35 years old, 5’10” – 6’ tall, wearing a black baseball cap, black jacket, and blue jeans. Anyone with information regarding this stabbing is asked to call (202) 727-9099.”

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  • Awful. And as the weather gets warmer…

  • This is disturbing. I live two blocks away from here. This is the second fatality in less than six months on that block. I know the problem is not easily solved but when I lived in Petworth and Mount Pleasant, I would see significantly more police officers patrolling in their cars, on foot, and on bike.

    • I live in Mt. P, and one thing I don’t see a lot of is police patrolling the neighborhood. They come flying down my street with their sirens blaring fairly regularly on their way to some incident or another, but that’s not the same thing as a regular, visible presence (which we could use).

  • jim_ed

    This is a well-known drug corner, but does anyone know where specifically the trouble comes from? Is it a specific building or house(s) on the block, or mainly people from out of the neighborhood setting up shop? This is at least the third, if not fourth, fifth, or sixth shooting around that immediate area in the last 6 months.

    • There is not a specific building from what I can tell. People are often visibly exchanging money/drugs in the open on Jefferson St, in the street and on the sidewalks between 7th and 8th St. I noticed this when I moved to the neighborhood within a month (that was 8 months ago now), so it seems to me the police are just looking the other way. I stopped biking on that street specifically because I felt unsafe with the amounts of men hanging around even in broad day light.

    • I’ve lived on 9th St (further south) for going on 9 years now. It’s seemed to me that there’s a longstanding drug business/turf war on 9th between Kansas & Kennedy that moves north and south at various times, and sometimes creeps a block west to Georgia or one east to 8th. It’s more likely to be happening in the Emerson-Kennedy range, but does sometimes come further south (I seem to recall some shootings near Decatur or even Buchanan, as well as a murder on Georgia just south of Allison).

  • MPD doesn’t have an easy job, but I think there may need to be major operational and strategic changes to District Four. Violent crime has been out of control since late last year. Many residents complained, several public meetings were held and Muriel Bowser did a “crime walk.” Nothing has changed and the same criminals are on the street.

    • Agree. The only thing that slowed it down was the snow and cold weather. I’m expecting an “uptick.”

    • Yes! We need a more visible police presence (not just for a few days after each shooting), at the very least!

      • We need more investigations. Perhaps a special MPD Petworth Task Force. There has been waaaay too much violence lately. What is VICE doing? More cops is only a short term, temporary fix. It’s not sustainable.

  • Both of these are very close by to the previous post’s new sidewalk cafe!

  • I live about half a block from this location. It is the third shooting since I moved in in August, and the second homicide. It is super frustrating to see the influx of police after something like this happens, but then it tapers off as things calm down, only to have something like this happen again. Seems to me like something more permanent needs to be put in place. There has been a temporary light/camera in the intersection following the last 2 shootings, and things tend to calm down while that is in place. Shortly after it is moved, things flare up again.

    To answer Jim’s question: the information I know is that the apartment building across the street from the church (I think it would be the SW corner of the block, if I can figure my directions properly) seems to be a major problem. It doesn’t seem to be the individuals who reside in the building, but rather associates of those people, or people who have lived there previously and come back to the neighborhood to continue their “activities”. I know at least one of the homicide victims lived in PG county at the time of the shooting, and I want to say the same is true about the victim from the other shooting. So very, very frustrating that people are coming in from other places to commit their crimes.

    • Nothing will change unless the neighborhood speaks out forcefully. The squeaky wheel get the grease my momma always told me! Call or email your ANC, call your Council Member and call Bowser. Call the media if you think you’re being ignored.
      Are you a member of the Yahoo! Petworth List Serv? Post your complaints. Others will usually join in. Elected officials pay attention to complains on the List Serv.

      • There is currently no Ward 4 councilmember, as this was Muriel Bowser’s old district. The special election to elect a new one is in April.

        • Muriel did very little to help crime while she was our council member, so it makes me very skeptical of how she is going to do as Mayor…

          • Completely agree with you Worried. I have very little faith as a result of her inability to act on our concerns as a councilmember. What is she going to do with an entire city’s concerns if she can’t handle one ward?

      • I am a member of several list servs and have regular contact with MPD through community meetings that I attend, and encourage my neighbors to attend with me. A neighbor is drafting communication with our ANC Commissioner, and we will hopefully have it on the agenda at the next meeting. Like some other posters, I am not confident that the mayor will step in to do anything useful, considering that this was her ward, and she did nothing then. I am also not confident that a new councilmember made in her image will do anything useful, either. It feels like we have just been forgotten about in some ways… which adds to the frustration.

  • LisaT

    It always makes me chuckle when people say call Bowser. She didn’t do anything when she was our Council member, she certainly won’t do anything now.

    I live near this corner and I hate it. Children having to walk around a crime scene on their way to school in the morning is no way to live (watched that several times over the last few months). There’s always someone on this corner up to no good. Blatant drug dealing, prostitution, you name it. They put up the spotlights and the temp cameras and things calm down slightly–slightly–but the activity just moves to the alleys and other corners. Ready to move out of the area. I don’t want to leave my home, but this crime wave is running me off.

  • Unacceptable. Let’s please get more cops on foot on the streets, in particular Petworth, Brightwood, and Park View. Some people seem strangle OK with violence as long as it’s drug related. It effects all of us; we need to be good citizens, teachers, parents, leaders, and law enforcers. /soapbox/

    • Your mention of Park View violence reminded me of the Ty Hop basketball tournament, and its “commemorative shootings.”

      The contrast is just really sad, between the comment on a 2014 Popville post about a shooting death
      “I’ve been here for 11 years now and the basketball tournament has never been anything but problems. Nearly every shooting in the neighborhood occurs within a block of it and while it is going on. About 5 years ago I was caught in cross fire and had to hide behind a car until the scene was over. For some reason that I do not understand, people feel preasured every year to let this tournament go on. I guess its a really good thing to think a simple basketball tournament could bring people together and provide young men with a positive outlet but it just doesn’t work that way for this tournament.
      Don’t work, the tourney ends in another week and then you won’t have to worry about shootings until next year.” ( )

      with the dismissive mocking descriptions in the Post a year earlier: “But the Park View DC neighborhood blog crackles with complaints about parking, trash and loitering. ‘at a minimum perhaps they could be asked to turn down the loudspeaker to a dull roar. Last year, I bet you could hear it in Adams Morgan,’ wrote a commenter. Others have written to complain about cars parked in the middle of the street, people not being ‘cordial’ on the playground and the general volume. ” and alleging a ‘gentrifyer’ complaining about the impact on their cat’s sleep ( )

      Aand, as I write this, another shooting in Brightwood? Yikes!

  • meant *strangely* OK with violence…

  • I count 6 shooting from Emerson St up to Kennedy since XMas. I’ve lived on Farragut for 5yrs now & I know of 4 houses that most of the drama comes from. I’ve contacted the DA office as well as detectives at our precinct. I’ve spoken to Brandon a number of times as well as other council members. This needs to stop! There are a few other residents who are concerned. I was speaking with a few people who are considering going to the precinct & the DA office to get some of these ppl of our streets! Its bad for business & for families! We can’t do much with the houses that are owner occupied. But we may have a slim shot at the houses that are tenant occupied. The weather has been good only 1 week, we all know its going to get worst. Are any of you willing to talk about this in a more organized/formal way? If so I am hino now would be the time. Especially with that special election about to happen.

    I’ve got time, incentive & resources to get something done if ppl are willing to join & help. I’m serious about it. There is no reason why we should be living like this anymore.


    • jim_ed

      I’d be interested to hear what you have to say. I think its wrong to give the impression that the entire area between Emerson and Kennedy is some kind of crime nightmare however. The crime is either A) the 2-3 block area around 8th and Farragut, or B) the 2-3 block area around 8th and Jefferson. The rest of the neighborhood is really quiet and generally low in crime. Its two specific hotspots that need to be treated, both of which are, unsuprisingly, centered around two drug corners. MPD does need to be pressured by the community, because it can be done. The corner of Illinois and Kennedy is night and day better than it used to be, since MPD applied consistent pressure to the troublemakers who were there 24/7. Although if multiple shootings on the same block within six months won’t compel them, I’m not sure what will.

    • I’ve lived just south of these hot spots for about a year and a half and consistently have complained to Bowser’s office (before she moved up to Mayor), our local MPD precinct, and on listserves about how little is being done to combat this problem. But my pleas are consistently answered with either generic statements about how concerned people are or no response at all, either way followed by little to no visible police action. It seems like these things flare up and then when enough of the individuals who are involved in the dispute get shot or a few of them get arrested, things quiet down for a few months and then flare up again. So very frustrating.

      All that to say, I would happily be involved in some sort of effort to increase pressure on MPD and city government, because clearly they are not going to do anything without that pressure.

  • I live in north Petworth and often call the police about suspicious activity. I’d say my street’s improved in recent months. MPD is driven by stats, so if many calls are coming from a certain location, the 4d will respond proportionally. Seems too many residents don’t care or give people the benefit of the doubt too much. I think residents can be super-PC and endure the crime or call law enforcement to deal with the problem.

  • The easy access to guns will ensure that this these types of crimes continue. There is no way to stop angry people from shooting each other or outright “solving” the scourge of drugs and poverty. We are so very far through the looking glass on social issues that it is best to accept and deal with it rather than fighting it -like the weather, which is also beyond our immediate control.
    We can only hope that innocent people aren’t killed in this violent, contemporary mainstay of living in an American city with near 20% poverty.

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