“suspect brandished a hand gun, demanded the victim’s property, and then shot the victim multiple times”


From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at approximately 11:36 pm. An adult male victim was standing at the intersection of Hamlin Street and Queens Chapel Road, Northeast, when he was approached by a suspect who brandished a hand gun, demanded the victim’s property, and then shot the victim multiple times.

An off duty MPD officer witnessed the offense and approached the suspects. The first suspect shot at the officer, who returned fire using his service weapon. A second suspect also shot at the officer, who again returned fire. It is unknown if the officers shots took effect. The suspects fled the scene heading northwest bound in the 1800 block of Queens Chapel Road, Northeast. The victim of the shooting was transported to a local hospital for treatment. There were no other reported injuries.

The investigation is continuing. 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.”

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  • WTF???? After you give up your goods you STILL get shot??! Cathy!! This violence is out of hand.. The whole world is going crazy

    • it’s not clear that he actually gave over his property. would be interesting to know.

      • ChenChen

        a few years ago, a friend of mine was in Logan Circle area on a Thursday late night after his restaurant shift, and a guy approached him with a knife and asked him for his wallet and his phone.

        he gave the requested items and then the mugger asked for the phone’s password which my friend obediently gave as well.

        and after all this, the mugger stabbed him anyway.

        pretty effed.

  • This did not happen in Woodridge. This neighborhood is Langdon, the degenerate neighbor of Brentwood.

    • The shooting occurred on the North side of RIA, which is Woodridge.

    • HaileUnlikely

      The exact location of the incident is known. Please stop the childish “it’s not my neighborhood, my neighborhood is a good neighborhood, this happened in *that* neighborhood” bullsh*t.

      • Exactly. It happened in either Crappy Neighborhood #1, Crappy Neighborhood #2, or Crappy Neighborhood #3. It sounds like shots and perps were running in every which direction, so probably every neighborhood in the area was somehow a scene for the crime or the criminals’ escape.

        • Thanks anonymous for showing you don’t know jack sh*t about the neighborhoods up there, which have been named the hottest market and where it is starting to explode with amenities since the City and businesses see it as the next hot area of DC.

  • Thank you to the officer who risked his life to intervene in this situation.

  • Too bad he didn’t blow this scums head off.

  • once again the problem is witht he legal system, i am sure these people are been in and out of the system before, and they always get released until they kill an innocent person. there needs to be reform. let non violent offenders out and put these people in.

  • Man, that is crazy, I’m glad the officer wasn’t hurt. I hope the victim recovers.

  • Massive props to the off duty officer for intervening.

    Not being critical at all here, but does anyone know if there are published statistics for accuracy when officers use their service weapons? It seems to me that for short, unobstructed shots (i.e. from less than 20 feet away, perp not hiding behind anything), they should hit their target 99% of the time.

    Then again, I’ve never (thankfully) had to shoot at a person. Just (morbid?) curiosity on my part….

    • I think shooting a pistol is much harder to be accurate than a rifle, especially while you’re on the move.

    • We have no idea the distance and whether there was an obstruction. Typically when in a firefight, one does not stand squared off in the open when returning fire. Pistols are already hard to shoot at distance, and their accuracy severely decreases at longer intervals. Pistols are best used in confined spaces and up close…

    • Most police departments wouldn’t top ~30%. Despite popular depictions, it’s actually enormously difficult to shoot someone, especially if that person is moving. This difficulty is exacerbated, of course, when the target is also shooting at you.

      I would be surprised if the MPD were trained to shoot in groups of two. Who does that? When I received law enforcement handgun training, I was trained to shoot until the target was dead and combat reload if I emptied my magazine.

  • I agree. Not as easy as one would think. Lots of moving targets with adrenaline rushing….

    • Not saying it’s easy, but obviously they have training. I would assume they are firing in groupings of two and aiming for the center of the torso (that way if you miss by a little, you still hit your target). If a mag has 15 rounds, you’d have 7 chances to hit your target. I’d like to think officers could accomplish that (again at relatively close range, with an unobstructed shot).

  • Props to the officer and his or her bravery for intervening here.

  • I wonder if this uptick in stabbings and random shootings is related to the insane increase in synthetic drugs? Did any of you read the WaPo article? Something like 439 cases reported in April of this year versus a previous streak of about 30 cases per month. A friend works in ICU at Georgetown and she said they are seeing 6-8 cases A DAY in the ER related to these synthetic drugs, and basically the people have to be put into a coma to keep them alive.

    Is this the start of a new crack like epidemic?

  • I live nearby where this occurred. Needless to say, I am concerned about this and several other recent incidents in DC. Councilmember McDuffie is convening a Public Safety and Crime Summit on July 30 at 6:30 pm at 1100 Florida Ave NE (New Samaritan Baptist Church). I urge any concerned residents (particularly in Ward 5) to attend.

  • Props to the cops for shooting back at this filth. Hope they find the bastards and lock them up for good. Maybe “attempted capital murder” will stick in the courts for once.

  • Blithe

    Major props to the off duty cop! I hope the victim is doing well, and headed towards a full recovery.

  • Doc you’re incorrect to assume that. Cops are trained to shoot until the threat is down. Think about it, if you were to fire two shots and then wait to see if they hit before firing again and your adversary kept firing you would likely end up dead.

    Contrary to the movies, shooting a person with a pistol while moving and being shot at is extremely difficult, regardless of training.

    I don’t mean to single you out but comments like that just serve to spread false information and unrealistic expectations of cops.

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