Juvenile Arrested in Yesterday Afternoon’s Shooting Homicide of a 31 Year Old Woman

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in the homicide that occurred in the 1300 block of Congress Street, Southeast, on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at approximately 3:48 pm.

Members of the Seventh District responded for the report of a shooting in the 1300 block of Congress Street, SE. Upon arrival, they located an adult female and two juvenile males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. All victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment. The two juvenile males were admitted in stable condition. The adult female succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 31-year-old Tenika Fontanelle of Southeast, D.C.

After further investigation, one of the juvenile males admitted to the hospital has been arrested and charged with Murder One while Armed in the shooting death of Tenika Fontanelle.”

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  • I guess that’s our daily terrible act of violence. Hopefully a straight-up murder charge right away means this one will be prosecuted effectively.

  • justinbc

    So he shot two people, and then shot himself? I wonder if it was attempted suicide or just incompetence.

    • Everyone on my 97 bus this morning was talking about this. Evidently, the 2 boys were arguing earlier in the day. The older boy came back with a gun and shot house up, killing the mom and injuring himself and the other boy in the process. Who knows if that is bus gossip or actually what happened. But it sounds like more importance and tragedy then anything.

    • Not sure how the 17 year old who has been charged with murder was shot. However, this apparently spilled over from an argument earlier in the day between the two boys. The 17 yo went over to the 12 yo’s house and that’s when he shot the kid and his mother. Absurd. Don’t worry though–Bowser has come up with a brilliant plan: if you know of someone with an illegal weapon, report it and you could get $1000 reward. I’m sure that will go over well. Also, when I was watching the news last night both Lanier and Bowser said the uptick in violence was due to people with access to illegal weapons. Ugh ok, I thought it was synthetic drugs? Is this the new excuse?

      • justinbc

        I thought they already explicitly said it wasn’t synthetic drugs? I actually think those rewards for ratting people out can be relatively effective, especially within the lower income demographics.

      • that is so ridiculously simple it’s condescending. of course the majority of violence is associated with illegal weapons. that has always been the case, and will continue to be the case. I don’t see many responsible hunters from warrenton coming into the city with their 30 ought 6 robbing convenience stores and doing drive by’s. THIS IS WHY STRICTER POLICIES NEED TO BE RE-IMPLEMENTED!… including enforcement of minor misdemeanors, loitering, public intoxication. sorry but cut the PC bs – stop and frisk policies work, traffic stops work, Vice squad works.

        • Despite the fact that there is no statistical correlation between “broken windows” policing and crime rates?


          “Harcourt and Ludwig also use the results of a Department of Housing and Urban Development program to suggest that neighborhood disorder has no effect on criminality. In the HUD program, public housing tenants from cities including New York and Boston were moved from inner-city projects to safer, more orderly neighborhoods. Contrary to what broken windows would suggest, there was no decrease in criminality among the relocated public-housing tenants: They continued to offend at the same rates in their new, more orderly neighborhoods as they did in their disorderly ones.

          ”There’s no good evidence that disorder causes crime [or] that broken windows policing reduces serious crime in a neighborhood,” Harcourt says.”

          • “Contrary to what broken windows would suggest, there was no decrease in criminality among the relocated public-housing tenants: They continued to offend at the same rates in their new, more orderly neighborhoods as they did in their disorderly ones.” Wow, really? If this holds true generally, then no wonder no one wants any public-housing tenants in their neighborhood! It would be completely rational.

          • the actual ludwig and harcourt paper referenced is an interesting read, and there is actually several pieces of statistical correlation in a modified “broken windows” approach. but regardless, only one of my suggestions (loitering) would be considered part of the original “broken windows theory”, the rest is stricter policing and stronger legal enforcement of laws.

      • Last week it was repeat offenders who are released, according to Lanier.

    • Happens all the time when everything you ever learned about firearms safety comes from playing Grand Theft Auto. If only there were some way to hold accountable all those responsible for that kid even having a gun at all…

  • Thanks for showing EOTR some love.

  • Maybe DC needs to start year round schooling just to keep these kids off the streets and out of trouble.

    • While I don’t think that year-round schooling would fix everything, I do think it would be helpful in keeping these large groups of youngsters off the street and involved in something other than getting into trouble.

    • Are the kids who are causing these kinds of problems actually going to school on a consistent basis? That said, year round schooling is probably a pretty good idea either way.

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