From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide. Investigators seek the public’s assistance in identifying and locating six persons and two vehicles of interest in a series of violent incidents, including a homicide which occurred on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at approximately 4:45 pm in the 1800 block of 7th Street, Northwest.

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

via Facebook

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating the homicide that occurred in the 1800 block of Seventh Street, Northwest on Saturday, August 15, 2015, at approximately 4:50 pm.

Third District officers responding to a call for a shooting located an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound in the block, unconscious and unresponsive. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The decedent was later transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The decedent has been identified as 23 year-old Matthew Castrol Shlonsky, of Northeast, Washington.

Pursuant to the investigation, detectives are seeking a burgundy Chrysler 300, with a Maryland registration. The vehicle is equipped with a sunroof. The vehicle was observed fleeing the area of the offense.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (202) 727.9099.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

The Washington Post reports:

Online information indicated that he was a member of the class of 2014 at American University and was on the honor roll.

There was no indication that he was the intended target of the startling flurry of late afternoon gunfire in Shaw.”

Ed. Note: This is the second recent senseless tragedy for American University. On July 4th an American University graduate, Kevin Sutherland, was killed aboard a metro train at the NoMa station.


A reader reports:

“Drive by at 7th and S (right outside of the old fishnet), 5-6 shots. Huge police presence on the scene. There is someone down, being attended to. It appears to be serious.”

From @DCPolicedept:

“Shooting in 1800 block 7th St NW @ 1648 hrs. MPD on scene. No lookout at this time”

Another reader writes:

“Live right there. Heard 9 loud shots in quick succession. 7th and S intersection closed off”


“Shaw station is closed due to police activity. Apparently they won’t let anyone out or in the station.”

From Metro Transit Police:

“Police activity outside Shaw-Howard Station, topside, is a @DCPoliceDept investigation. S St entrance closed. R St entrance open. #wmata”


From MPD:

“In response to the recent acts of violence in the area of 7th and O Street NW, the Third District Police Station has set up a Community Outreach Post in the 700 block of O Street NW. A tent structure at this location will be manned by Third District PSA 308 Officers familiar with the ongoing problems of this area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Officers will be on hand to answer questions, take reports and hand out pamphlets to citizens ready to make positive changes in this community.

PSA 308 Lieutenant Deborah Pearce will be at this location Tuesday thru Saturday, 6:00 pm to 8:00, for any issues needing the attention of a police official. Lieutenant Deborah Pearce can be reach at or on 202-498-9833>

The citizens of the District of Columbia and the dedicated officers of the Third District, working together, can end the violence and continue the progress that has been ongoing over the past several years.”

and from the Mayor:

“Dear Washingtonians,

As Mayor, my top priority is your safety. While crime as a whole remains flat, the District of Columbia has experienced a spike in violent crime in 2015, similar to what is happening in cities across the country – from Los Angeles to Milwaukee to New York. I want you to know that my Administration is working around the clock to prevent crime, respond swiftly when it happens, and hold criminals accountable.

Over the past several weeks, I have been meeting with my public safety team on a frequent basis, talking to community leaders, and working with our federal public safety partners to address violent crime in the District. Meanwhile, Police Chief Lanier continues to keep MPD officers on the forefront of effective policing. Just last week, the Chief hosted a national summit with big city police chiefs to identify trends and share best practices.

We are using proven methods and trying new ones to tackle crime. MPD has increased its street presence through a combination of foot, bike, and Segway patrols. We are beefing up our patrols in neighborhoods that have experienced higher levels of crime. And we are using every tool at our disposal to prevent the violence that occurs from synthetic drugs – including our new law that punishes bad acting businesses that sell these extremely harmful and dangerous substances. (more…)


From MPD:

“The third district is investigating a shooting that occurred at 6th and O St., Northwest

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Metropolitan Police Department on 202-727-9099.”

@RyanSPowers tweets us the photo above:

“Multiple shots fired again at the corner of 7th & O St NW”

@jrmindc tweeted us:

“@PoPville Drive by 7th and N NW DC. Kid dying on the sidewalk. Police on scene.”

Readers email:

“Three people reportedly shot at the park on o between 6 and 7 massive police presence.”


“Another shooting at 7th and O Street NW.

Multiple shots fired. O street is shut down between 7th and 6th.

It’s becoming the normal on O Street.”


“We heard a series of gunshots from our apartment at City Market at O and went onto the roof to see heavy emergency personnel presence (fire truck, ambulances, police). Residents on the roof say it was a drive by and one man was down on the ground and taken away.”

1550 7th Street, NW

Last month we learned that La Jambe was coming to Shaw in the Jefferson Marketplace building across from Dacha. They’ve now posted their liquor license placard says:

“Restaurant serving American cuisine, specializing in cured meats and cheeses. Seating for 80, Total Occupancy Load of 99. Sidewalk Café with 15 seats.”

7th and Q St, NW looking north towards Dacha Beer Garden

Via @LaJambe

“French Wine bar, Charcuterie & Fromagerie”