Shooting Homicide at 13th and Riggs Street, NW



“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating the homicide that occurred on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at approximately 1:43 am.

Officers from the Third District responded to a call for the sounds of gunshots in the 1300 block of Riggs Street, Northwest. Upon arrival, they located an adult male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 33-year-old Charles Douglas of District Heights, Maryland.

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 responsible 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:

“On today’s date, at approximately 1:45 AM, a male subject was sitting in his vehicle in the 1300 block of Riggs Street, NW, when another subject approached him and fired several shots into the vehicle. The driver was struck by gunfire and transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch on 202-645-9600.”

A reader reports:

“Officers are still out on the street this morning. According to one of them, the victim struck in the attack has died and the shooting followed an argument in a club.”

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  • It seems like one of these posts are made every morning. Depressing.

    • I know. It feels like it’s a regular feature now like House of the Day, just replace house with homicide. 🙁

  • Just want share a few truths before the same rhetoric starts flying here.

    Expensive houses and apartments don’t prevent shootings.

    Controlling the proliferation of guns and ensuring people feel that they have a future in society (social inclusion and education and work and training opportunities) prevents shootings.

    No, the answer is not just more police and more prison — if that worked, the U.S. would have the safest cities in the world, given our prison and jail populations being higher than communist China, North Korea and totalitarian Saudi Arabia.

    • Rural West Virginia has more guns per capita and worse economic prospects, yet you don’t hear about a rash of gun violence out there.

      • It’s ridiculous to compare rural West Virginia to a densely-populated — again, densely-populated — city like DC. Give me a break.

        • You said that the “controlling proliferation of guns” and making sure that “people feel that they have a future in society” would “prevents shootings”.

          I merely pointed out an area where both of those purported causes exist, yet that doesn’t suffer from rashes of gun violence.

          Perhaps you believe that there’s something about city living which makes one more prone to commit violence?

        • Why is it ridiculous? Simply saying it is doesn’t make it so.

          There are opportunities everywhere for people who want them – go ask the recent East African immigrants driving all the taxis and working up a storm in Starbucks. As “S” points out, not everyone does. Or, even if they do, they’ve had it drummed into them that opportunities don’t exist by self serving people whose power depends on keeping others helpless and dependent.

          Signed, 48YearsInDC

          • Please don’t lecture me, 48YearsinDC.

          • Twoyearsindc, this is 12yearsindc. What is it about 48yearsindc’s post that is different from yours? You both have opinions that diverge. No lecturing involved. If you can spout off on your interesting theories, 48yearsindc can also give his or her opinion.

          • Someone who starts a post, “Just want share a few truths before the same rhetoric starts flying here” really has no standing to complain about others lecturing.

      • There’s a lot of social dysfunction (METH!) and violence out there, and in other places like it. Assaults committed with small handguns at close quarters in dense environments aren’t the sort of problem that will replicate exactly in rural West Virginia.

      • West Virginia has gun violence and deaths above the national average, and a higher gun deaths rate than DC. Try google next time.

        • morethatwoyears said ‘rural’ west virginia – it helps to read each post closely and digest before responding with irrelevant links.

    • These opportunities exist for those who want them but sadly not everyone wants them

      • Unless you grew up in an economically depressed community of color, or unless you have worked extensively in such communities, you have very little idea about what opportunities people do and do not have. And regardless of theoretical opportunities, it’s a sad fact of human nature that people tend to do what is easiest for them. If you grew up in an upper middle class household, you’ve been conditioned to succeed for your whole life and you’ll probably at least go to college. If your parents and grandparents were systematically excluded from neighborhoods with good schools and good influences, chances are that you won’t do very well.

        • +1000

        • Agree that people do whatever is the easiest for them. This may involve accepting a status quo that you and I would find appalling, but somehow remains tolerable to them. There are a lot of things policy-wise that our gov’t does to (inadvertently) encourage and foster that low bar. What to do? That is the question for the ages and one that will likely not have an answer in my lifetime! C’est la vie!

        • Regarding your last sentence: tell that to the Jews.

          The constant excuses for abhorrent behavior are pure farce. Without trivializing the plight of poor (generally AA) people in this country one iota, let’s stop pretending rampant violence is a natural response instead of being the choice to abandon any pretense of acceptable social behavior that it is.

          • Right on. I’d also say, tell that to my Taiwanese neighbor whose parents came here with nothing, and all of them were dishwashers for years, including when my neighbor went ultimately got into a very good school in the Northeast. From those humble beginnings, in just two generations, his kid are either out of or going to med school. Blaming economic circumstances is just not valid- not entirely, anyway- especially when you consider all the poor people in rural America who are not systematically killing, robbing, etc. Culture- now that would be an interesting place to start, as would policies that have led to the ultimately unproductive coddling and enabling of generations. The gov’t needs to be blamed in part (and the people who support dumb policies that consistently don’t work)- not just the individuals making lousy choices.

          • Regarding your Taiwanese neighbors, poster below me, anecdotes are not data. Police departments and the criminal injustice system don’t make a habit of killing/beating/hassling/incarcerating those communities. There’s also this factor called the “immigration filter” that you should probably look up. To N=1, Jews are mostly white, and were eventually able to gain that status in the US, like the Irish and Italians and Greeks and non-Jewish Poles and other stigmatized groups.

            I don’t want to make excuses for the crap that’s happening here, and I dislike all the lumpenproletariat (non-working class) as much as you do. The fact is, however, that the situation is more complicated than Bill O’Reilly or Bill Cosby would have us/you believe.

          • @BadReligion

            You fail to explain how first-generation Ethiopian immigrants manage to find a way a to do better for themselves (often by driving cabs or operating gas stations) than Black Americans who grew up around here.

        • Blithe

          +1000 It’s pretty clear — to me, at least — that many people who bray about the “opportunity” that America offers have been insulated from the multiple severe stressors of poverty, racism, substandard education, and very real barriers to the types of “opportunity” that most who post on PoPville would like for themselves. I may be going out on a limb here, but I’d guess that most of the people who are commenting in this thread have aspirations that go far beyond “working up a storm at Starbucks”.

          • Agreed, the idea of social mobility in the US is pretty much a myth. America is one of the least socially mobile of any of the industrialized nations. You pretty much die in the same class you were born into; if you’re lucky.

    • I pretty much agree with your sentiments, but I can’t help but feel you’re reciting a bunch of bland platitudes. What are your ideas for actually creating any of these changes?

      • Blithe

        Not the OP, but one significant piece of the solution is the availability of high quality educational opportunities — that include self-affirming components, such as arts education and sports, as well as job-relevant skills and components such as internships. Almost all young kids are achievement oriented, want to do well in school, and are motivated by opportunities to display their skills — and to be rewarded for those skills. Unfortunately, for many, their available educational opportunities are less than ideal — and they know it; and the link between the learning opportunities that they are offered in school and the job opportunities that are available is tenuous at best — and they know this as well.
        For students to have the best outcomes, health care — including mental health services — is essential, and incorporating options for health care in school settings is an excellent way to make such services more accessible to those who might be in the most need of them. Neither of these suggestions is new. They are, however, necessary, but not sufficient factors that support the kinds of personal and community skills that most of us would want all citizens to share.

  • Accountering

    Your vigilante nonsense aside, Denver implemented free contraceptives (including IUDs) and saw their teenage pregnancy rate plummet.

  • Any word on which nightclub they were arguing in? Just seems a little odd, since while there are many many bars within a block or two of 13/Riggs, the nearest nightclubs are up on U Street or over in Shaw. Seems odd that the perp would have followed the vic for three or four blocks just to shoot him, instead of just shooting him right away as soon as they got outside and 1,000 feet from the door. Sounds a little more calculated than most of these incidents.

  • These murderers willfully identify themselves as “thugs”, and thus shoot, kill, and often are shot and killed themselves. Although their apologists like to make the claim, it’s BS that these criminals are driven by historical or present oppression to commit these horrendous acts. They adopt a state of mind that allows them to wantonly victimize after choosing to let go of the basic conscience that keeps most of us from harming each other. And impressionable kids grow up to believe the biggest thug on the street is the person they want to become, drawn into it by the “glamour” of “the life”.

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