Brookland Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon at Catholic University!

“Join us at Mullen Library on September 16th for CUA’s first Wikipedia Edit-a-thon! In conjunction with the Know Your Campus guided tour taking place later that evening (which you should totally hang around for), the library will be opening its doors to students and the wider community to usher in the Fall semester, eat some food, get to know one another, and get to know our neighborhood. The subject matter – Brookland; the experts – you! (more…)

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“Metro is preparing for large crowds and extensive traffic detours during Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Washington, D.C. Tuesday, September 22, through Thursday, September 24.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend events during the Papal visit, which will likely result in crowding and delays on trains and buses, and could produce near Inauguration ridership levels at selected stations.

While many regular commuters are expected—and encouraged—to adjust their work schedules or take advantage of telecommuting, Metro will take steps to provide additional train service during non-peak hours Wednesday and Thursday during the Papal visit. (Metro does not have the ability to add significant capacity during the traditional morning and evening rush hours.)

Riders should expect significant crowding aboard trains and at rail stations near Papal events. (more…)

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Via the Brookland listserv regarding shots fired around 2:30/3pm Monday afternoon:


“Can I get some more information about the gunfire my husband witnessed on Evarts near 12th and the subsequent getaway via scooter? There were buses and lots of people present for pick up. Thankfully, it appears no one got hurt.

The dispatcher was not interested in my husband’s call, (“It’s already been reported, thanks.”) And the cop cruised by without lights on. NO URGENCY FOR GUN FIRE NEXT TO A SCHOOL??? The school security guard had to jump out and yell at the cops to get their attention and ask if they showed up for the the shooting.

Can I please get some type of explanation or clarification?”

MPD reply:

“At about 230 pm, units from the Fifth District responded to the sounds of gunshots in the area of 12th and Evarts. Units conducted a canvass for shell casings with negative results; however, a witness reported seeing one suspect b/m 20’s white tank top riding a red scooter in the area and possibly involved. A subject matching that description was observed a short time later in the area of 7th and Franklin, but made good his escape from the area without being identified. Noyes Elementary School delayed release for approximately 10 minutes while this matter was being investigated.

At about the same time, School Resources Officers requested assistance for unruly persons at the Brookland Metro. Units responded and 2 arrests were made, 1 juvenile and 1 adult. A red scooter was observed leaving that area as well, but the persons on the scooter were not the persons arrested..

There were no injuries or damage to property reported as a result of this incident.”


“The reports of no damage to property are not accurate. The shots were fired closer to 3:00. The timing is important because buses and parents were already lining the street for dismissal. Also inaccurate, a bullet was found lodged in the rear side of the brand new car of our neighbor (the car was facing rear to the east) and it had a smashed window. Whereas the guy who jumped on the scooter was shooting in the opposite direction (shooting to the west and running east). It seems as though shots were fired from the group of 8 kids who who ran up Franklin, resulting in the bullet(s) in the neighbors car. My husband witnessed the scooter kid (wearing a white t-shirt, not a white tank top) run down the street with the gun out, jump on the red and white scooter driven by another kid, and duck while he drove away across 10th and on the next block of Evarts.

It took the police about 5-10 minutes to show up. No lights. No urgency. The school security guard had to jump out in the street in front of the police car to get it to stop. So perhaps none of the contributing details of the story matter to the “investigation”.

There was a shoot out right in front on my house and at dismissal of an elementary school between two or more individuals. The safety of my family, my neighbors, the Noyes students, their families and the bus staff that was on the street demands that something be done to address this situation. Please advise us on our next steps.

We have multiple shooters outside of a school and it barely commands a casual stop by an officer.”

MPD reply:

“No one called to report damage so I can only report the information as reported by victims. Please advise your neighbor that they should make a report.

It seems that you have very valuable eyewitness information. It is always critical for ‘first person’ eyewitnesses to call immediately so that we can operate and make strategic decisions using the most reliable and thorough information available. We had a sighting on the scooter during that time. Had this information been more punctual I could have used it to weigh in my decision as to whether the officers could chase the vehicle.”


“Then why were there so many police out there last night looking at her car?”


“From my husband regarding the shootings at 12th and Evarts:

I DID call as soon as I saw that the shooter had left. I stated that there was shots fired. I stated that i saw a young man running down the street WITH a gun. I was informed by the dispatch that a call had already been placed. I was asked what did the shooter look like. That was all. Can’t be more “punctual” than immediate. I am surprised that someone didn’t ask me again “how long have you lived here”?
There is a bullet lodged in my neighbors car. There were several police cruisers working that last night. They took pictures of it. Did they not report it? Did you not look to see if there was a report? Speaking of living here, I spoke with my neighbor last night, she stated that in her 53 years of living here, she has not had this level of deadly violence on Evarts.
Do you not believe that shots were fired? Obviously they were, as my neighbors car has a bullet lodged in it. The time to interview was yesterday as the police cruiser slowly approaching the school and was waived down by a bus driver.
I see that your union has placed a vote of “no confidence” in our police chief. I am happy that this is something that needs to take the time of all the MPD. Your internal strife, either real or manufactured, has apparently hindered your ability to discern a true emergency. THERE WAS A SHOOTOUT IN FRONT OF AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MINUTES BEFORE DISMISSAL. You guys decide to have a work slowdown to voice your opinions while the citizens who pay your salaries suffer as a consequence? OHOD make you angry enough to ignore a shootout at an elementary school?
If that doesn’t warrant 10 police cruisers with lights and sirens, what does?
Stop blaming the citizens for the violence being perpetrated in their communities when they call upon the MPD to do their sworn duty. Multiple calls were made, they were immediate, some descriptions were made, cruisers were flagged down. What more is possible without the MPD help?
Your replies seem to blame the very people who are calling for your help. This incident is NOT OUR fault. Its not the fault of the 5 year olds that go to school at Noyes. It’s not the fault of their teachers or parents or bus drivers or the people who reside on Evarts.
Whats the next statement, “buy a gun”? Only heard that several times by law enforcement..

FWIW, we’ve had numerous situations with violence and other dangerous activity in our neighborhood over the years. We try to report, but at some point it just gets sickening to hear some of the responses. For example:
– The number of times we have been asked by officers “How long have you lived here? (13 years, but I’m not sure why that matters) Do you know the neighborhood?”: 5 times (maybe 6 but I stopped listening)
– The number of times we have been asked by officers “What did you do to bring this on?” 3 times
– The number of times we have been told by officers to have a gun in the house to protect ourselves: 2 plus one additional time where the officer told use we needed to do “whatever it takes” to protect our family.

In other words the police have given us advice to break the law, eluded to us being outsiders who deserve problems, and tried to incite victim shaming as a reason from criminal behavior in our neighborhood.

I really and truly want to know what we are supposed to do.”

Update from MPD Chief Lanier:

“Good afternoon everyone,

As I am reading the email chain below, I too am concerned. Thank you for including me. Following yesterday’s event we have certainly increased the police presence in this area and will conduct an aggressive follow up.

I am going to follow up with Commander Fitzgerald on our initial response and he is going to send a patrol officer back to the area very shortly to specifically follow up, go door to door and ensure we include and gather any additional information from yesterday’s incident. If you can please send contact information for your neighbor whose car was damaged, we will follow up with him/her directly.

Please rest assured that we, as an agency, take incidents of this nature extremely seriously and are not advocating that you in any way shape or form break the law or don’t deserve fast, expedient and thorough responses from MPD when we are called upon for assistance.

Again, Commander Fitzgerald will contact you shortly.

Cathy L. Lanier
Chief of Police”

Pablo Raw


“The Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit recently issued a press release to alert the community of two possibly connected sexual assaults in Northeast. In both instances the victims appeared to have been targeted shortly after leaving a metro station. This information was provided to the community to raise awareness as well as to solicit the assistance of the community. It is important to note that Sexual Assaults are currently down over 10% for calendar year 2015 from this time last year.”

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit is investigating two first degree sexual assault cases that may be related. The first case occurred on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at approximately 10:45 pm in the Unit Block of Riggs Road Northeast. The second case occurred on Friday, August 28, 2015 at approximately 12:08 am in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue Northeast.

The suspect’s description is similar in both cases. The suspect is described as a black male, in his 20s to 30s, with a medium to dark complexion, 6’ to 6’2” in height, with facial hair. In both cases, the suspect was armed with a knife and he fled the scene on a dark colored bicycle following the sexual assault. In one of the cases, the suspect robbed the victim of her property. Prior to the assaults, both complainants’ exited nearby Metro Stations (Fort Totten and Brookland/CUA). MPD is urging the public to use caution when walking alone in the area coming from the Metro Stations and using the nearby foot paths and bike trails.

Anyone who has information regarding these crimes should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

Located in the Cornerstone building of Monroe Street Market on Monroe Street, NE between Michigan Ave and 7th

From an email:

“I just wanted to let you know that we’ll be opening up between Chipotle and the Barnes & Noble in a few months. We just finalized our lease this week and will be starting build-out as soon as we can. Build-out will probably take about 3 months. The shop will be called Wardman Wines, and in addition to wine, we will have a good selection of beer and spirits, as well as wine-appropriate snacks. In addition, we plan on having regular tasting events and a full schedule of wine classes. We’re very excited to be coming to the neighborhood.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Lucas Keene

“Dear PoPville,

I wanted to share a petition that many neighbors of Perry Place NE in Brookland have put together in opposition to the parking garage for Children’s Hospital that is set to be built right behind our block, next to the Brookland Metro.

Please see below for more information as well as a direct link to the petition:

Several Perry Place Neighbors have joined together to stop the development of a garage in our small, family oriented community.

We have schools nearby and many children who play in parks near the proposed garage. Like many other urban areas, our children suffer from respiratory ailments, like asthma which will be made worse by the huge influx of cars to the proposed garage.

That’s why we created a petition to Kurt Newman, MD, President Children’s National Medical Center, Ramu Potarazu, Secretary-Treasurer, and 8 others.

If you are interested in signing the petition, please click here.”


MPD reports just before 11am:

3600 18th St, NE. (1) Victim shot.”

“UPDATE: The following streets are closed due to police activity:

Otis Street NE between 18th and 20th Streets NE
South Dakota Ave NE between 20th St NE and Randolph St NE
Randolph St NE between 18th and South Dakota
18th between Randolph St NE and Otis St NE

Please avoid the area.”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in the 3700 block of 18th Street, Northeast, where on Friday, August 21, 2015, at approximately 10:15 am, members of the Fifth District responded to a call for a shooting. Upon arrival, they found an adult female suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found no signs of life. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene and transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The decedent’s identity is being withheld pending positive identification.”

This house (recording studio) is located at 2634 12th Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“A very unique property located in NE DC zoned residential and commercial.A three level facility consisting of 3,800 square feet which can suit just about any use. Many nice spaces in this offering to include a reception/2 story foyer, hardwood floors, and lots of storage space.Location currently being used as a sound and video studio, but can easily work for most uses. Access to two kitchen areas”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $650,000.