Shooting at 11th and Rhode Island Ave, NW

by Prince Of Petworth August 23, 2011 at 9:26 pm 38 Comments

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“Dear PoP,

I was with my dog and about 200 other people at the big park at 11th and Rhode Island today at about 6:50pm. All of a sudden we heard about 8 gunshots from the basketball courts there, and the 50 or so people who’d been playing or watching the game scattered. We took a minute to figure out what was going on and then headed home. By that time there were about 15 cop cars and a helicopter in the area. When we were walking up 11th towards S there were 2 guys who’d been shot- neither looked seriously hurt but we were across the street- and they were both surrounded by cops.

Despite having been there, I can’t believe someone would open fire in the middle of a crowd like that, in the middle of the afternoon. Makes me really sad for my neighborhood.

Earthquakes and gun battles- and it’s only Tuesday.”

MPD confirms:

“This evening, Third District police responded to 11 & RI Ave, NW, for a report of sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, they discovered 2 victims suffering from non life-threatening gunshot wounds. They were taken to area hospital for medical treatment.

Anyone who may have witnessed or has information concerning the incident is asked to call MPD at (202) 727-9099.”


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