Wanted to alert you to shooting on Monroe Street between 18 and 19th on Sat night. Five shots roughly fired. One kid, about 15, shot in the leg and taken away by ambulance. At least four police cars showed up and police with flashlights searched the street. As of 11.20, they found casings but no gun. We’re assuming this is drug related as we know there are at least several drug dealers on the street and we had some incidents involving shots fired last year that were related to drug dealing.”
Update from Council Member Jim Graham:
“Dear Friends: This has been a very tough weekend for violence in Ward 1. Now, last night at about 11 PM, a thirteen year old riding his bicycle was shot in the ankle in the 1800 block of Monroe, near 19th Street, in Mt. Pleasant.
I am told the boy did not live in the immediate area but may live elsewhere in Ward 1.
MPD tells me he will fully recover.
But now we have the allegation that there is a drug house operating at 1833 Monroe that has been reported to MPD. And further than the shots may have come from that vicinity.
This is all very troubling and of great concern. There are a number of unanswered questions, including any possible connection to the other violence this weekend.
I have waited all morning to try to get more information before posting this message. I have spoken to various MPD officials including Chief Lanier. They have assured me this is getting very high attention from MPD.”