“Shooting at 7th an N St, NW – Again” Last Night in Shaw

A reader reports:

“There was a drive by shooting at 7th and N Street NW at approximately 12:25am. Two cars drove by shooting. One silver and one black. The black one appeared to be a Chevy Malibu. Officers on scene now. At least one person has been shot.

What can we do to stop this madness in this great, up and coming neighborhood? It’s every other week now!”

MPD confirms:

“The third district is investigating a shooting that occurred in the 1300 block of 7th St., Northwest, at approximately 12:10 AM.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Metropolitan Police Department on 202-727-9099.”

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  • How surprising!!!! If only MPD knew where shootings were likely to happen beforehand?!!!

  • It appears as if the surveillance cameras that were put up behind the rec center were removed also – who’s great idea was this?

  • Terrible that all these shootings are happening. That said:
    “What can we do to stop this madness in this great, up and coming neighborhood? It’s every other week now!”

    An “up-and-coming” neighborhood is one in which things like this still happen. That’s what it means. The neighborhood used to be marked by low property values, little commerce and violence/drugs/poverty. Now the neighborhood is in transition. Property values have spiked, new development is happening, but the old element remains.

    There are no “up-and-coming” neighborhoods in MoCo or Fairfax county. So, i dunno, convince more wealthy people to move in?

  • I’m just not sure that Shaw will ever really change. The trouble makers are too entrenched in the area. Seems like it will be like Columbia Heights where there is just a perpetually high crime rate, alongside trendy restaurants and “luxury” apartments.

  • Echoing Shaw-N and Tom, I wouldn’t really call Shaw “up and coming.” It’s pretty much come, and these shootings and the associated crime are really isolated to a few blocks of the neighborhood. I live very close where this shooting occurred, and my block is nice and quiet with lots of nice rowhouses and group homes, converted rowhouses, and some construction of new converted rowhouses. These shootings are really confined to about a 2X2 block (being really generous here) around 5th-7th and N and O, which has a large concentration of affordable housing. It unfortunate that there doesn’t seem to be much that can be done about it.

    • It is most unfortunate that there is a beautiful playground in that space. I hate having to tell my child that we can no longer play there.

  • And yet, there is something we can do it about it. It’s called broken windows policing, and it made NYC the city it is today. This is very un-PC though so don’t expect change anytime soon.

    • Nothing but a band aid. Until we as a society provide hope, not fear, the cycle will continue.

    • Others might argue that the national trend of decreased crime and NYCs plummeting unemployment rate during that era have more to with NYC’s turnaround, rather than a policy centered around hassling poor people of color.

      • Others might argue that NYCs plummeting crime rate resulted in NYCs plummeting unemployment rate during that era.

      • Unfortunately, a police state and keeping people locked up for a long time will decrease crime. It is bad for society in the long run, but it works.

    • That is simply untrue. Look it up. “Broken windows” policing has had, at best, a minimal impact on crime rates, particularly violent crime rates. There is a host of empirical evidence that counters the widespread misinformation about “broken windows” policies, but people keep repeating the disproven assertions about it. Watch The House I Live In on Netflix. Read The New Jim Crow.
      And we need MORE, not less, affordable housing in this city. And we need more jobs that pay a living wage and provide benefits. We need to make it easier for those with convictions and arrests to become productive members of society, and not relegate them to a perpetual underclass. The way to break the cycle is to give people better options (for employment, housing, childcare, healthcare and education), not to put them in handcuffs and lock them all up, or simply price them out of an already expensive city.
      But I’m sure you’ve never been the target of “broken windows” policing, or you wouldn’t be advocating for it.

      • Liberal economic policies have led to the decline in the middle class in the Midwest and East Coast. By building more affordable housing, you destroy school districts and distort the real estate market. For example, in DC, the only people that can afford to remain the city are the super wealthy which can afford to live in rich enclaved, and the poor people that get free or “affordable” housing. The rest of us either have to pay inflated prices for housing to subsidize the poor, or stay in the poor neighborhoods and send our kids to the terrible schools. The only option for young middle class families like mine is to move out West where we can afford a house in a good school district. Until we stop giving poor people on the East Coast free housing, there will continue to be an exodus of middle class families out West leaving an ever increasing wealth gap in the super liberal Northeast. It’s easy to be liberal when you are either super rich or dirt poor.

  • Expensive housing doesn’t make it a nice neighborhood. Repeat this until you learn it.
    It’s funny – I can find cheaper apartments in Adams Morgan than in Shaw. It’s due to the fact that people in Adams Morgan bought a long time ago and their PITI is way lower than the “investors” who recently bought in Shaw at much higher prices. Even though – without a doubt – Adams Morgan is a safer neighborhood with way more amenities and better transportation connections.

    • Way more amenities and better transportation connections? Really? Maybe the former, but the latter? What transportation connections does it have that Shaw doesn’t? I mean I’d choose to live in Adams Morgan over Shaw, but not because of its transportation connections (in fact in spite of them).

      • Shaw is bounded by three metro stops (Mt Vernon/ Shaw/ U Street) while Adams Morgan has arguably a max of 1- Woodley park, and thats well, sorta more in Woodley Park IMHO.

        • Right. And Shaw has access to several major roads for getting out of the city, if that’s your thing (395, NY Ave, 50, 295, etc.). It is also easy an easy walk to offices downtown. Distance to 14th Street is about the same (depending on where exactly you are coming from or going to). We have some tennis courts, nearby indoor and outdoor swimming pools, trendy gyms, plenty of restaurants, fancy coffeeshops–I mean, what else does a person need? I’d call it a nice neighborhood.
          Adams Morgan is really only “better” if you want access to Connecticut Ave to get out to MD, or want to go to the zoo, or for a run in the park. (Which are, admittedly, great things.)

      • Yeah, I don’t think you can argue that Adams Morgan has “better transportation connections.” I used to live there, which was fine when I drove to work in Maryland every day, but not so good when I started working in downtown D.C.
        It does have proximity to Rock Creek Parkway, so if you drive to work by car and can do so via RCP, I guess that would be a plus. But otherwise I think Shaw wins for transportation connections.

    • It was cool to live in Adams Morgan like 15 years ago. Not so much anymore.

      • Exactly. Anyone trying to explain the high housing prices in Shaw versus Adams Morgan as anything other than this fact that it isn’t the cool place to live anymore (or that the housing in Shaw is…well, newer and nicer), is just making things up. Sorry.

  • I lived on this block until last year. Mix of subsidized/market rate apartments with people a few years out of college/etc. of poor quality. Some shadiness, but felt OK most of the time. Neighborhood has already gentrified, minus these few blocks b/t 6th and 7th and south of O but north of L.

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