Shooting Homicide in the Unit block of M St, NW around 8:15pm Sunday

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in the Unit block of M Street, Northwest on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at approximately 8:18 pm.

Members of the First District responded to investigate the sounds of gunshots around the unit block of M Street, Northwest. They located an adult male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds in the 1100 block of North Capitol Street, Northwest. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to an area hospital, where lifesaving efforts failed and he was pronounced dead.

The investigation is ongoing. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

An earlier release reported preliminary information that the offense had taken place in the 1100 Block of North Capitol Street, Northwest.


The decedent has been identified as 28 year-old Kuron Calleo, of Northeast DC.”

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  • jim_ed

    Since un-warehousing the poor at this corner seems to be a political nonstarter, the city really needs to invest in better lighting for the few blocks around here. This has to be one of the darkest blocks in the city, which likely contributes to the crime around it.

    • Jim, that’s a cute quip, but it’s not remotely accurate. I’ll assume you know full well about the city government’s attempts to break up Sursum Corda, some successful (see, NoMa), some less so (turned out that HUD had some long term land use restrictions for some of that land, which prevented the city from building inclusionary housing). There’s a near-term plan to replace all of the low-rise housing on the block bounded by M, 1st, L, and N Cap by several mixed use, mixed income buildings.

      • (But yes, better lighting could could in the meantime.)

      • Isn’t much of Sursum a co-op? If people own those townhouses, no one is going anywhere.

        • It is a co-op. The city has no involvement here other than approving the developers’ plans through a normal process. This isn’t public housing. Now there are a few other buildings right along Sursum Corda that are, one of which is for the elderly I believe and is already undergoing a pretty large renovation. Not sure about the others around there.

          If Sursum goes and is redeveloped, that will take care of a huge part of that problem. Plus there are two or three more developments going in just north of the 2M building in NoMa. It’s really a matter of time before it gets better. You’ll know that time has arrived when Ben’s Liquors is finally taken down. I would seriously vote and donate to any politician who would seize the land between New York and P Streets along North Capitol and build anything on it other than what is there. I don’t feel comfortable walking through there in broad daylight (which I had just done about 2 hours before this shooting) from NoMa.

      • jim_ed

        Setting aside that this ignores Tyler House and Sibley Plaza, you have a lot more faith than I do in the city to properly guide Sursum Corda through a mixed use redevelopment plan, especially on the scale and increased density the developer is asking for. Considering the political poison knocking

  • At least they got rid of temple courts which was right next to sursum corda…man at its peak, from K st up to florida ave between N Capitol and 1st was probably the most violent part of the city for many years.

    • Net net, a good thing in reducing crime and drug activity and allowing NoMa and Mount Vernon to spring up. But we should not be proud that the city promised to rebuild and bring back the people without criminal records who were moved out of their homes and who have never returned. That entire deal was a disaster. Now all we have area three empty blocks that are turned into parking lots because nothing can be built on them. The city really needs to figure that out. Hopefully it just pushes the development further north on North Capitol.

      • yes that has happened a lot across the city. Buildings are torn down and promises are made to those w/o criminal records that they can come back, but some way or another developers are able to slither out of the promised set asides for affordable housing.

        • promises win elections, property ownership gives you legal rights.

        • No. The issue here was not about the developers. The land apparently had a long existing covenant that required only HUD housing to be built on it. Unsure how that went overlooked but this wasn’t developers saying oh no we don’t want to offer 20% affordable housing and then backing out. The city royally messed this deal up from the get go.

          Sursum Corda is a co-op. Not the issues you saw with the demo of Temple Courts.

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