Video of Suspects in “Sounds of Gunshots offense” in a Columbia Heights Playground

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in connection with a Destruction of Property/Sounds of Gunshots offense, which occurred on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at approximately 11:29 am, in the 1400 block of Fairmont Street, Northwest.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any crime committed in the District of Columbia.”

Ed. Note: A reader adds:

“I love how they call it destruction of property/sounds of gunshots….”

Previously another reader reported about this incident:

“Two people (at least) were shooting at each other. One ran into the park and turned around and kept shooting at whoever was outside of the park…WHILE HE WAS IN THE PARK. Surrounded by little kids.”

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  • you have got to be kidding me…

  • I wonder if there are any studies or statistics that correlate the miserable quality of the city’s surveillance cameras and suspects either not being caught or not convicted due to reasonable doubt, and whether it perpetuates crime as a result.

    I have to believe it contributes to a suspect’s feeling of invulnerability to any lawful consequences.

    • That’s not a MPD surveillance camera. Notice that it pans with the suspect?

      • It doesn’t pan with the subject. The quality is likely so bad because this is a cropped version of a much larger frame. MPD zooms in on the subject then pans the crop across the frame of the video as the suspect runs. Unfortunately after zooming this far there is no way to simply “ENHANCE!” and se the suspects.

    • I live right there and I know a neighbor installed a security camera a few months ago. The angle seems about right to be the house I’m thinking of.

  • EckingtonDoodle

    I love how they ask people to come forward if they recognize the suspects from the video…

    Do you recognize the person in this heavily pixelated image?

  • In a city with some of the most strict gun control laws in the country, how is it that actually FIRING a gun seems to not really be a crime? Anyone firing a gun at another human should be going away for a long time, it’s insane that in most cases we have to wait until they actually hit someone to get the police to take it seriously.

    • Unlawful Discharge of Firearm: It is illegal to discharge a firearm in the District of Columbia without a special permit from the Chief of Police. It is a valid defense to this charge that the firearm was discharged in self-defense. A person guilty of this charge can be sentenced to a maximum fine of $1000 and/or up to a year imprisonment. D.C. Criminal Code 22-4503.01

      How often this gets prosecuted, I’m not sure.

      • Exactly. That’s insane. The other week someone fired thirty or so rounds from a tec-9 at another person in an alley off Delafield. The penalty should be closer to attempted murder. This is more like the penalty for small time drug use.
        People firing guns in the city at other people should go away for a long time. Regardless of wether they hit the other person. The council needs to tell MPD they are serious about this issue.

        • If a suspect is found — the point of this video being made public — USAO or OAG would likely add charges such as ADW (a felony). The initial MPD charge can always be changed by the prosecutor.

  • MPD has released some pretty disturbing videos of young men shooting up the place recently. That young men seem to rejoice in open gunplay in the nations capital, Chicago, Baltimore, on and on, is just sickening. Come on, put down the guns!

  • It’s kinda funny that speed cameras take a perfect quality photo of my car going 60 miles per hour but these video cameras can get a decent video of a guy running. How much would it cost the city to update these cameras?

  • I served on a jury recently for which one of MPDs cameras was very helpful. (Though the footage above is not an MPD camera.) True, you can’t see faces but it’s clear evidence of an event. It may jog the memory of someone who saw something or knows one of the people involved.

    • exactly. i’ve had situations where i’ve recognized someone i know from a couple blocks away just on the basis of the way they walk. people are evolved to be incredibly sensitive to recognizing individuals they know on the basis of subtle cues like gait, the way they carry their upper body, they way they move and react, etc.

  • “Sounds of gunshots?” I find that offensive. People witnessed gunfire!!!! Is this MPD trying to misclassify something to make it not look as bad? Baxter hearing about how they don’t report all accidents, nothing surprises me anymore.

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