Three Houses Hit by Gunfire in Brightwood Park 6:30pm Monday Night

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A reader reported around 6:30pm Monday night:

About 10 shots fired. They hit two homes. Street blocked off between Gallatin and Farragut”

MPD reported:

“At approximately 1823 hours, the 4th District received a call for the sounds of gunshots in the 5000 b/o 5th Street N.W.

Upon MPD arrival, members discovered shell casings on the street and one on the front porch of a house in the 5000 b/o 5th Street N.W. A closer examination of the shell casings revealed that the shells in the street were a different caliber from the shell casing located on the front porch.

Members also discovered that three house sustained minor damage as a result of the shots being fired. (1 window and drain gutters)

4th District members canvassed the area for witnesses and learned that a group of individuals were sitting on the front porch of the house in the 5000 b/o 5th Street N.W. One of the individuals on the porch, who also lives at the location, was identified. While this individual and his friends were on the porch, another male or group of males approached on foot. Words were exchanged and shots were fired.

We believe at this time that an individual on the porch exchanged gun fire with the individual(s) on the street due to the location of the shell casings found and different calibers.

Detectives are interviewing the person on the porch who lives at the location at this time. The individual is being very uncooperative.

Detectives are in the process of obtaining a search warrant to check the inside of the location for one of the weapons involved in this incident.”

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  • “Detectives are in the process of obtaining a search warrant to check the inside of the location for one of the weapons involved in this incident.”

    Uh, I generally appreciate transparency from MPD, but this is probably TMI, don’t you think?

    • MPD can stand guard and bar anyone from entering the house until the warrant is executed. This is a common procedure.

  • UGH! I just ran into a neighbor this morning in Downtown DC and we were like, “the neighborhood is getting better! No shootings since October!”

    Also, my boyfriend drove by around 6:40 last night, so if the timing is right, good for MPD getting those streets closed off so quickly. He texted me to go check out what was happening, but it was freezing and I wasn’t in the mood to play detective last night. Glad no one was killed this time.

  • “Detectives are interviewing the person on the porch who lives at the location at this time. The individual is being very uncooperative.” And the sky is blue. Yay!

  • So that’s what happened. That stretch of street was closed off for quite some time. At 7:20 PM, the street was still closed off with police tape–so traffic was being rerouted. Only pedestrians were allowed to go walk on the sidewalk opposite of what I assume was the house from which shots were fired. I left my house at around 9:15 PM and the police tape had been taken down, but a cop car was blocking the lane closest to the house–so traffic was only allowed on the lane farthest.

  • What hasn’t been mentioned is the constant drug activity that has been happening outside of this home for quite some time. My house was one of the homes hit and my toddler was playing near the window when the shooting began and hit our gutter. I’m at a bit of a loss as to what to do next. I’ve already been in contact with our Council member’s office.

    • Do you have surveillance cameras on your house? They can also be pointed at public spaces to aid MPD.

      • We don’t have cameras but our neighbors do. The investigator in charge of this has already told me that he doesn’t think anything will come of this and that since no one “saw” anything there’s nothing they can do.

        • If you have any video with relevant footage that MPD is dropping the ball on, I bet some news organizations would pick it up and run with it.
          If you don’t have relevant footage, then consider pointing the cameras such that they would pick up relevant footage. The police can act based on video evidence. They’re just not going to over something small.

    • That’s terrifying! I hope your kiddo is doing ok. (And you, too!) Which end of the block was this on? We live a couple of houses in from Gallatin but have been away.

  • I hope the officers formerly assigned to the VICE unit are still around to “help” these folks be more cooperative.

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