“pointed a dark handgun at him for no apparent reason. The victim began running away when he was shot twice by the suspect as he fled”

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From MPD:

“On February 17, at approximately 1:09 AM, MPD officers from the Fourth District received a 911 call for the sound of gunshots in the vicinity of Georgia Avenue and Rittenhouse Street, NW.

While canvassing the area, officers located a adult male victim in the 6200 block of Piney Branch Road, NW. The victim was found suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper leg and right ankle.

The victim reported that he was walking in the 1200 block of Rittenhouse Street, NW, when an unknown African American male wearing dark clothing exited a black SUV and pointed a dark handgun at him for no apparent reason.

The victim began running away when he was shot twice by the suspect as he fled. The suspect re-entered the SUV, which then fled eastbound on Rittenhouse Street, NW.

The victim was transported to a local area hospital for treatment of his injuries.”

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  • I wonder if this is the same asshat who was pointing a gun at people shoveling their sidewalks during Jonas and then firing into the air. Now he’s escalated to actually shooting people? Scary!

  • Kinda Brazen and fearless to just run up on someone like this.

    Is POPville contingent Pro Concealed Carry?

    • I’ll bite.

      If someone’s got a gun drawn on you, how quickly do you need to draw yours (and aim) before the guy empties his clip into you? You’re talking miliseconds. The other guy’s got his finger on the trigger and the gun is pointed right at you. In that situation, I’m not moving a muscle.

      You have a better chance of survival DE-escalating a gun situation than you do escalating it. That’s part of the reason the police don’t respond to an active shooter situation by running headlong through the front door of wherever that shooter is holed up. You first attempt to de-escalate, and move to other options if that does not work.

      Everyone’s got an opinion. Mine is that by the time someone points a gun at you, it’s way too late to draw yours.

      Don’t carry large amounts of cash. Use an app that allows you to “brick” your smart phone if lost/stolen.

      Your life is worth more than the $40 in your pocket and your $250 (resale value) phone.

      Stay thirsty, my friends.

      • Every since columbine, standard SOP’s for LEO in an active shooter situation is to enter the building with a minimal of two officers and find and eliminate the threat. If the shooting is active there is no “de-escalating” the shooter….. (Active means in progress of shooting humans in the said building.) I don’t really know if this post was sarcastic or not? Hoping it was because you can bet your a** if that ever happens in DC I’ll be coming in to save anyone I can and stop the threat. . At that point there is no de-escalation. Also before anyone gets upset he was talking about an ACTIVE SHOOTER situation.

  • This had to be some sort of twisted game played by the shooter to see if he could get away with shooting someone literally 2 blocks away from the 4th district police headquarters.

  • Maybe I’ve lived in DC for too long, but when I hear about someone being shot on the street at 1 am and claiming to have no idea who did it and no idea why it happened I am somewhat skeptical. There’s a reason a lot of GSW victims are self-transported to the hospital, and it involves not getting the police too close their their activities for reasons both rational and otherwise.

    • That was my reaction too: he basically admitted what he couldn’t deny (he was shot) denied what he could (vague description of shooter/car/gun) and got a ride to the hospital.

    • normally I’d agree with you but because there does seem to be someone cruising around Brightwood/Petworth pointing guns at people, I wouldn’t completely discount it as chance. Of course it’s possible the victim knows the shooter, it’s possible the shooter is the one threatening people, or both, or neither.

      • The reality is that there are almost always people cruising around pointing guns at people in DC. There is nothing in the description that makes this more likely to be the guy(s) pointing guns at people in the snowstorm as opposed to the more typical crew/drug/personal beef violence.

    • Honestly, this was my thought… the person was shot, and then found a few blocks away. In this particular area, there’s not a whole lot of random violence.

    • +1, I don’t want to victim blame or cast doubt on the victim. But, I want to wait for all the facts to come out on this one.

      It is a tragedy either way, but (perhaps naively) I want to believe people aren’t now going around shooting random people for the heck of it.

      • To be clear I don’t want to blame the victim either. Regardless of his relationship to the shooter, he doesn’t deserve to be shot. But in my time I have SEEN someone shoot a gun at his “friend” who he was fighting with in the street and then the “friend” refuse to press charges or make any accusations about the gun when the police arrived despite numerous neighbors having witnessed the shooting.

    • binntp

      I’m with you on this one, eva. The fact that the suspect took time to exit the SUV and shoot his victim would indicate a level of personalization (not the word I want, but can’t seem to think of the right one)…if it was truly random, why would the guy need to get out of his car to shoot?

  • “for no apparent reason” – something tells me this isn’t entirely true

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