Homicide on 900 Block of Randolph St, NW

by Prince Of Petworth July 19, 2011 at 9:30 am 47 Comments

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From MPD:

Units received a call for a man down-possible shooting in the 900 blk of Randolph St. NW just after 3 am. Upon arrival, a male victim was located suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim is deceased. This case is being investigated by the Homicide Branch. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-888-919-CRIM(E).

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Ed. Note: And I don’t mean to make light of this very serious situation but seeing the quote “One City Summer Fun … Something for Everyone” underneath this message is probably not good messaging for “One City”.

  • james

    Yeah, they really should have a different email signature for emails like this, or just remove it entirely.

  • Kalorini

    Yeah, fun summer program activities DO NOT INCLUDE target practice.

    Seriously, when is “Mayor” Gray going to speak out about the uptick in summer violence?

  • M

    Homicide, Ventura.

  • anon

    More like One City Summer GUN!


  • Potential homebuyer

    I was thinking about buying a house in Petworth.

    …… time for second thoughts…..

    • Anonymous

      Look at crime stats for 20 years ago. Things are much safer comparatively. That cheap home you’re looking at buying in petworth is an investment, and though don’t expect an increase in prop value in the next five years, look toward the future.

      Ask the people who bought a home on 16th street in the nineties–people probably thought they’d lost their mind. but they’re the ones laughing now…

      • The Heights

        The ones that made it, maybe. And comparing crime to 20 years ago is misleading because you’re choosing a pretty low baseline with which to start and you’re assuming that crime stats will continue to drop as much as they have. Neighborhoods are certainly not static, but change is not always progress.

      • Anon

        Just keep in mind that changes in crime can go both directions. Yes, the people who bought on 16th Street in the 90s have made a fortune. But think about someone who bought on 14th Street in 1966 — when it was a thriving middle-class neighborhood — and then a few years later the riots happened, it turned into a burned-out ghetto, and it stayed that way for decades.

        Real estate is a risky investment. Some bad neighborhoods get a lot better over time, and some good neighborhoods get a lot worse over time.

        • DC Dude

          Good take on it, unfortunately most feel RE is always going to shoot up up up

          • Denizen of Tenallytown

            Perhaps most people who bought within the last 10 years in DC believe that. Buying a house to turn a quick buck seems to still be a trend, particularly with the readers of this blog. It’s a dangerous mindset, particularly with the government finally taking a hard look on what expenses it can slash. If this happens, it will be interesting to hear from those who continuously chant “The nation’s housing market has no bearing on DC, the nation’s housing market…”

    • saf

      I’ve lived here (less than a block from this event) for 21 years.

      This is not a common event.

      I love this place.

  • Anonymous

    Damn…live around the corner from there

  • Petworth rocks

    potential homebuyer
    don’t let one incident at 3am scare you off. I am not making light of violent crime but you have to get more information. was it random or targeted? and yes, in this city that makes a difference. I bought in parkview a few months ago and I love it. I lived in Columbia Heights for years before that and I feel way safer over here off of GA avenue. Seriously.its all a personal choice but just wanted to give my two cents. This neighborhood offers a lot of house, close to metro and new things on GA avenue. Based on comp sales near me, I really believe my house has already appreciated about 25k in 6 months!! I know that will likely not last but its just one thing making feel hopeful and committed to this neighborhood and DC in general.

    • We live a few blocks from the incident, technically CH but closer to Petworth metro. We’re really happy here too… and while the violence is inexcusable, much of it is indeed happening in the wee hours. No place can guarantee safety; but smart behavior can go a long way toward keeping one safe.

      For us, the risks are worth the neighborhood’s charm and *amazing* amount of things to do nearby (seriously, check out the area on http://www.walkscore.com/).

      • Not Here

        That block is technically CH as well. It is where CH ends.

        • Royal P

          Huh, you’re saying CH ends at Randolph? If so, that is incorrect but let’s not get into what neighborhood is technically what in a thread concerning a murder

          • Not Here

            No, is not incorrect. I live in that block, and according to the appraisal and my property papers – my neighborhood is Columbia Heights.

          • Christina

            My property tax and appraisal also say that it is Columbia Heights. I think that Georgia Avenue is the border and west of it on Randolph Street is Columbia Heights (I don’t know the northern border.)

            Despite that, I definitely tell people “Petworth” when they ask where I live.

    • Royal P


    • Anonymous

      Random or targeted? Let me guess: the victim was leaving the Red Derby and is friends with a POP reader who can write a cogent email. The perps are guys who are out in 3-packs at 3am, whacking people with a steel pipe.

      I’m doubling down on random.

      • Anonymous

        Oh wait … commented on the wrong post. I’m a jackass. Disregard. Penance for my snark will be paid. Seriously, poor form on my part.

    • Anony

      Remember, just like the rest of the city you have to pay attention to the specific street more than the neighborhood. My little block in Petworth is just like Mayberry, we even have our unofficial block-cop who knows everyone’s business. I wouldn’t buy a block North of me, though, because the residents seem super sketchy.

  • Not Here

    I live right on that block. The cops were blocking Randolph Street by the time I was coming back from the gym – approx. 7:40am. What is strange is that the shooting happened at 3am, and I am 90% sure that when i left for the gym – at around 6:20am, there were no cops around.

    I asked a cop, and he told me that a Hispanic man had been shot and died.

    Regarding the safety in the area, I have been living in that block for the last 6 years, and overall I feel safe. You do need to be street smart, and that includes not walking around at 3am. It is sad, but you need to be realistic of your surroundings.

    Regarding property value – it is a great area!

    • Christina

      I, too, live on the block. When I left my house around 4:30 a.m., there were definitely cops around and the street was blocked off. They were also still there when I got back home at 7 a.m. — I was driving north on Georgia Ave and I couldn’t make the left turn to go down Randolph, I had to go up to Shepherd.

      • caballero

        What’s with you people? Leaving your houses at 6:20 and 4:30? Don’t you sleep?

        • Christina

          I am Batman. :-)

          No seriously, I’m in a rowing club and we row in the morning from 5 to 7-ish.

  • Randy Street

    I live on the block as well, about a stone’s throw from where the incident occurred. While I agree with the sentiment that it’s generally a safe / great neighborhood, I’m not sure I can get on board with some of the rationalizations taking place by the homeowners. You all will most likely be rewarded for your investments, but I’m not sure if that justifies having to lock yourself up “I Am Legend” style from 9PM to 7AM for the next 5 years.

    That being said, I’m sure you all will have the last laugh when I come back and grossly overpay for a 3BR / 2BA in 7 years.

    • saf

      “lock yourself up “I Am Legend” style from 9PM to 7AM for the next 5 years.”

      Really? Wow. You come on down 10th St and wave to me. I’ll be on my porch, well after 9 PM, and (sadly) often before 7 AM.

      • Randy Street

        Ok, but only if you have really bright lights that repel pipe-wielding Darkseekers…

    • Another guy named Chris

      This is hilarious, and I can’t stop laughing at the visual.

  • Anonymous

    To those who think that this part of town is Columbia Heights, that is incorrect. Columbia Heights is framed in at Spring St to the North,Georgia Ave to the East. Not sure of its South and West boarders.

    • Grand Funk

      Thank you, and it is those same Petworthers that want to claim the metro station (so they don’t lose their name on it) and half of Parkview.

      Can somebody simply post a map with the OFFICIAL DC neighborhood boundries once and for all please????

      • saf

        No. There are none.

        Read “Washington at Home” for a good idea of historic and current neighborhood boundaries, and realize that arguing about where you live is a local sport.

    • Christina

      The 900 block of Randolph Street is just WEST of Georgia Avenue, so the boundary description you just gave proves the point I was making earlier.

      I really don’t care one way or the other to argue it, honestly. Like I mentioned, I live in the 900 block of Randolph and I tell people I live in Petworth. Columbia Heights “feels” like it is more south of me. If you think that the designation is incorrect, take it up with the city. For whatever reason, it believes the 900 block of Randolph Street is “Columbia Heights.”

  • Prince Of Petworth

    Press release from MPD:

    DC)-Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are
    investigating the fatal shooting which occurred in the 900 block of Randolph Street, NW.

    On Tuesday July 19, 2011, at approximately 3:08 am, Units from the Fourth District responded to the
    900 block of Randolph Street, NW to investigate the report of a shooting. Upon their arrival, they
    observed a male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical
    Services personnel responded to the scene and determined that the victim had no signs consistent
    with life. The victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and was
    pronounced dead.

    The decedent has been identified as 23 year-old David Eduardo Gonzalez of Northwest, DC

    Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-
    CRIME (1-888-919-2746).

    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 wanted for any
    homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

    Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to DC CRIME SOLVERS at 1-800-673-
    2777 and to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. If the information
    provided by the caller to the Crime Solvers Unit leads to an arrest and indictment, that caller will be
    eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

  • New to Hood

    I live nearby, 2 blocks away. I don’t know if the police presence is reduced, but I also have not seen police much on Kansas ave.

    I’m still relatively new to the neighborhood (1 year) and have not experienced any crime since I’ve been here. I will be voting for whomever puts crime first instead of third or forth. Politicians cannot do it all, but they have to lead and appear to care.

    I met Fenty while he was campaigning down the street (near this crime scene) and told him that crime was a concern to me, his response was that it was a lot worse than now. That seems to be the line of thinking for long time residents that are used to the crime being worse. Not for me though. The city is changing.

    The crime rate is down over time, but I did not grow up with high crime and will not tolerate it. Those with similar thinking that move here due to the location and value will also not tolerate it, that is the trend and that is good. I pay taxes and don’t commit crime and take care of my property. Until there is anarchy or civil unrest, that is how I will behave and expect of others.

  • Ward 4 observer

    The “head shop”/Shell station at GA Ave and Upshur is a likely place for criminal types to be found. The cops and neighbors need to lean on this place until they clean up their act.


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