Shooting at 13th and Florida Ave, NE and Shots Fired at 5th and Gallatin St, NW

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From MPD:

“Fifth District members are currently investigating a shooting that occurred on August 17, 2015, at approximately 10:30 pm. in the 1100 block of Staples St. N.E. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5’11, medium length dreadlocks, black T shirt, and riding a light blue bicycle.

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.”

@DCPoliceDept tweeted:

“5D Shooting_2256 hrs_1300 block of Florida Ave NE.”

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A reader reports:

“Shots fired in alley between Hamilton & Gallatin, 5th and 7th NW–Quick police response

Another night, another round of shots fired. I was relaxing in bed at approximately 9:30pm when I heard two shots–we have a lot of neighborhood firecrackers but I knew immediately these were shots. A big thank you to the police who showed up in force within 1-2 minutes of our call. Two casings recovered, along with a white car. Someone was cuffed and walked to a cruiser…not sure if the car and shooting is related or if there were any casualties.

While there has certainly been a fair amount of violence in the surrounding several blocks, this is the first time in the 4 years I’ve lived on this block we’ve had gun shots. There is one problem all of the neighbors identify as the problem house, and there’s no shortage of sketchy cars cruising through the alley but this is a new low.

Another sad example of a busy summer for DC police.”

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  • I also heard this but immediately dismissed it as fireworks. I live on Varnum and my neighbors across the street love putting on an impromtu show.

  • justinbc

    Bike-by shootings, nice. Coincidentally, that’s about 1 block from 2 different BikeShare locations.

  • geez louise. WTF IS GOING ON?

  • It seems lots of streets have a neighborhood consensus “sketchy house.” What can be done in those cases? I assume the police won’t do anything if you just call with a vague “sketch house” complaint. But, can neighbors join together to get action?

    • You kind of just wait for the grandmother who owns it to die, then the family members who have left the house to live productive lives swoop back in and sell it to a flipper.

    • Go to the ANC meetings and police precinct meetings. Talk with these folks that have been trying to do something for years and years with these “problem houses.”

    • Bringing back the DISTRICT LEVEL VICE SQUADS would greatly help in dealing. Always had a good response from them but now that they were dismantled there is literally nobody monitoring these houses or the corner crews. City leadership is failing us miserably

      • That is definitely not the answer. Vice Squads, Stop and Frisk, Jump out cars…all hurt neighborhoods more than they help. When was the last time you had a conversation with the folks at your “sketchy house”? Do you know their names? Do you know their life circumstances? Get to know folks and it turns out many times the crime and downtrodden attitude are a product of poverty, mass incarceration/returning citizen issues, joblessness related to it, etc. Those things are more effective at long term peace and opportunity than undercover police occupying a community and terrorizing people that are already terrorized through other societal conditions.

        • OP Here–I greet these people every day when I’m out walking my dogs. That said, I’m not going to involve myself in activity that involves strange cars lingering behind the house then squeeling away through the alley. I know all of my neighbors, we are all always keeping an eye out for each other but when there are many many unknown people visiting one specific house at all hours of the day/night and cars meeting in the alley it doesn’t exactly make one feel safe approaching that situation. We do our diligence as neighbors, but sometimes that’s just not the answer.

    • You can get the Office of the Attorney General to classify the house as a “nuisance property.” Alert them to the issue and they will open a case and start collecting evidence. If the case is strong enough, I imagine they will press charges against the homeowner. This is likely to be a long process.

  • jim_ed

    I was outside putting my daughters new car seat in the car when I heard the shots at 5th and Gallatin. Sigh. We could tell it was gunshots, though there was a strangely long pause between them. Sounded small caliber, like a .22, if thats any consolation.

    • It was a strange period of time between shots. One of the officers we spoke with asked us about the car also on the scene (which I’ve seen fly through the alley on other occasions but never parked anywhere in the neighborhood), and they definitely took someone in for questioning. While most of the police there were great, and as I mentioned the response time was a positive, one officer said not to worry because it was just kids playing around before school starts. Really reassuring, huh?

  • Anyone know where Brandon Todd lives? Serious question. Someone told me it’s right where last night’s shots were on 5th. But I doubt that very much. I’d like to know if he hears the same gunshots and sirens that we all hear every day and night.

    • Near 5th and Buchanan.

    • I think he lives on the 5000 block of 5th. I heard the shots too, and saw the police flying into the alley. Really glad that I was already home and not pulling into the alley after a late workday…

      • Is it the house on the corner with all the Brandon Todd signs? Because, of course it would be.

        • Lol, no idea. I was waiting for the bus one morning and saw him, and another bus rider told me that was his block.

          • Well, either way, perhaps last night hit a little too close to home for him and we’ll get some real results instead of meetings, greetings and strongly worded letters.

  • Guiding Principles of Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier
    – Reduce crime and the fear of crime in the community

    Wish lanier’s Salary was somehow tied to her meeting principles; how can we hold her accountable? By saying dc is one of the “safest” cities makes it seem like she is okay with the current crime status!

    • HaileUnlikely

      In fairness to Chief Lanier, until this year DC had been experiencing large year-over-year declines in violent crime for several consecutive years, and whether correctly or incorrectly, many credited her for that. If we blame her for the uptick, I think we must also credit her for the large previous decline. (Note I said “If.” I personally do not think it is altogether fair to blame her for the uptick OR to credit her for the previous decline – I think both were largely due to factors outside of the control of the chief of police irrespective of who the chief of police was at the time.

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