Update: Confirmed accidental Gunshot at Turkey Thicket Rec Center “all children are accounted for and safe”

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Turkey Thicket Recreation Center located at 1000 N Michigan Ave, NE

Update from MPD:

At approximately 3:00 pm today officers received a call for an incident involving a bag that had been dropped on the ground and a gun had discharged from inside of the bag. Units where provided a lookout for the subjects. As officers canvassed the area a bag was recovered with a weapon. There were no injuries involved in this incident.

The Fifth District Detectives office is currently investigation this incident.

Any persons with information regarding this crime may contact the Fifth District Detectives’ Office at 202-698-0260, or the MPD Command Information Center at 202-727-9099. CCN:16112865″

Around 3:45pm DPR Tweeted:

“Turkey Thicket Rec. Center/Pool is currently on lockdown due to an incident. MPD is on the scene investigating. All campers are safe.”

A reader passes on an email to camper parents:

“There has been an incident at the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, but all children are accounted for and safe. The building is on lock-down.

MPD is currently on the scene. There are no reported injuries at this time.

Because the building is on lock-down, children will not be released until the lock down is lifted. Again, all participants are accounted for and safe.”

The parent hears that a gunshot accidentally went off in the pool area from someone who brought a gun in their bag.

Updates when more is known. Thank God all are safe.

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  • Who the F brings a gun to turkey thicket:????

  • I’m just so done with humans right now.

  • Gosh. If only we had more good guys with guns around DC. Amirite?

  • This happened last summer, too, at the Columbia Heights DPR camp, just a year and a day ago: http://www.popville.com/2015/07/report-of-possible-shots-fired-by-the-15th-and-girard-st-nw-playground/

    My child was at the Girard St shootout, and the staff did an amazing job. I’ve sent both my kids to DPR camps and they’ve been great. But my nerves wouldn’t let me enroll my kids there again this year.

    • Where did you send them instead?

      • A series of different camps related to their interests. I’ve said that my not sending them back to DPR was 100% irrational, since the shooting was such a freak occurrence. I’m a bit disturbed that something happened again (even though I’m hoping this was some sort of accidental discharge rather than someone trying to hurt someone else).

        • From what I hear it was an accidental discharge from the gun falling out of the bag. My problem is that bullets give exactly 0 F’s if it was accidental or not. They are going to hit what they are going to hit.

          • Yeah, pretty much this. Gun falling out of a bag = irresponsible handler, no matter where it happened. Even if I carried, I’d never take a gun to a pool (or more general rec center, or library, etc.), but wherever I took that gun it would be in a secure holster so that accidental discharge would be a non-issue. I occasionally open-carry when going to or coming from the range when visiting family back home (I don’t want to leave the gun in the car if I stop somewhere, even in the trunk and in a secure box; open-carry there is no-permit), and it’s always in a secure belt holster (and, frankly, unloaded…I’m not carrying because I think I need to defend myself, but because I’m worried about theft…I have come out of a gas station after spending 2 minutes buying a soda to find some miscreants trying to jimmy the car door locks around those parts).

  • I’m sure this was just a mistake by a usually responsible gun owner.

  • Same lady who caused the Capitol lockdown earlier today? Just taking a swim after work?

  • no bags are allowed on pool decks at dc pools? did this take place in a locker room?

  • At least no one drowned there as they have in the past.

  • Per DPR regulations, no weapons in aquatic facilities.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Confirmed: “At approximately 3:00 pm today officers received a call for an incident involving a bag that had been dropped on the ground and a gun had discharged from inside of the bag. Units where provided a lookout for the subjects. As officers canvassed the area a bag was recovered with a weapon. There were no injuries involved in this incident.”

  • One thing is certain; the other thing seems likely. The certainty–a gun was discharged where children were gathered and playing. The likely–one of the children is responsible for the gun. The conclusion is–somebody in the community knows or suspects the person or child having possession of the gun. No one with a capacity to deal with guns in the community will ever know who brought a gun into Turkey Thicket unless someone comes forward to report. That’s the template for change, now to make it happen.

  • Someday I’m gonna live somewhere there’s no guns at the swimming pool. (A girl can dream!)

  • I must have missed the press release issued by Kenny McDuffie and David Grosso calling for the arrest and prosecution of the person illegally in possession of the gun inside the Rec Center.
    .
    Oh wait! McDuffie is too busy trying to figure out how to pay criminals not to commit more crimes and Grosso is too busy hanging out with the bong hit crowds.
    .
    Never mind!

    • Well, if the poster above is right that the gun was brought by a child, then by all means, prosecute – rather than do the reasonable thing of trying to help the child who is so scared they feel the need to carry. Sending them to juvi will certainly make them feel more safe and less likely to carry when they get out.

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