Numerous Shootings Last Night/This Morning. IAFF36 Reports Lack of Ambulances

by Prince Of Petworth July 5, 2012 at 9:00 am 39 Comments

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Starting with the quadruple shooting around 8pm at 110 Gallatin Street, NW unfortunately, many more reports of shootings followed.

Though first, perhaps due to crime and the heat, an even more disturbing tweet followed from @IAFF36 around 11pm:

“Unfortunately there are no ambulances available in the city, first responders will be there, Ambos dispatched as they become available ‪#dcfd”

Following are tweets from @IAFF36 regarding shootings that were reported:

“Units responding for the shooting 200blk 56th St Ne”

“Units responding 2600 Bruce Place Se: for a shooting”

“Units responding for a delta shooting 50 Mass Ave Ne”

“Units responding 2381 11Th street Nw for a shooting”

“Units responding 601 Morse Street Ne for a shooting”

“Shooting – 1400 7th St NW – patient shot in hand, transporting to trauma center #dcfd”

From MPD:

“3D Shooting // 600 blk Morton Street NW // (2)A/M’s shot (1) shot in the face (1) shot in the back, both conscious & breathing //6559”

  • One of many reasons I chose to spend 4th of July for the second year peacefully at home in the dark looking out my window with a glass of wine. Ahhh, bullet free.

  • styglan1dc

    Are we sure that @IAFF36 is not trying to hype things up by playing out the city’s labor relations fight with DC FEMS via Twitter on a bad night?

    I’m not taking sides or judging but the labor negotiations battle between them has been heating up lately (“fire station closures”) not to mention the now long-running fight between DC Fire and DC EMS being combined. There are a lot of ways to read that Tweet that make it sound suspect – and slighly them being pissy that firefighters are being sent out as first responders rather than ambulances.

    Then again, I could be reading it all wrong and the city is screwing things up again. No surprise there. Luckily we have some real heros in the fire department, EMS services and police departments who are willing to work hard despite the bullsh*t they get (and low pay).

    And in closing, damn people – stop shooting each other.

    • fitz

      The union is trying to keep the public informed about the goings on that affect this city. Something the department itself refuses to do. The closings of companies and ambulance shortages are serious safety issues for both firefighters and citizens, and they need to be addressed. Also something the department refuses to do. Citizens should be calling their council members.

      And it’s not about being pissy that firefighters are going out on runs. We don’t mind that. Not to mention that the majority of people on the ambulances are firefighters.

    • Anonymous

      This doesn’t really seem like “low pay”:


      • So says a person that has most likely never done the job. Routinely go to those scenes and I’m sure your perspective will change.

        • nope. these folks may have a lotta grievances, but low pay ain’t one of ’em.

  • Well, July 4th IS one of the deadliest holidays…although usually those deaths involve alcohol and cars…and fireworks.

  • Petworthian

    Something interesting is that most of the up-to-date information comes from the firefighter’s union instead of the official MPD or DCFD Twitter accounts, which don’t really provide much. DC gov’t needs to step up its social media game.

    • DCFD used to have a really good twitter account, but the government decided that wasn’t safe and stopped all the good tweets. Then the union took over the job disseminate information via twitter.

      • Anonymous


        Why did the govt think that the DCFDs tweets were unsafe? Because they provided too much information that might cause hysteria from those who read the tweets?

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps it’s just the barbaric actions of the individuals involved. Were these actions taken against the code-word “transplants”?

  • Anyone know what happened at Union Station?

    “Units responding for a delta shooting 50 Mass Ave Ne”

    • I was wondering the same thing….and what in the world is a delta shooting?

      • Triple perhaps?

      • tonysmallframe

        Delta is a way of classifying it. Alpha = least important, Echo = most serious (patient is in bad shape and is most likely going to die without instant care). So, a delta shooting is pretty serious and most likely a wound to the torso instead of a graze or limb wound.

  • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      As was the comment that prompted my reply.

  • Anonymous

    why is this shocking? i’m willing to bet that shootings in every major city skyrocket on the 4th of july… sound padding. the racial comments on this thread are obnoxious yet expected. no wonder there is such tension between the “transplants” and the “natives”

    • +100

    • Rich

      In Atlanta, shooting off guns is popular on the 4th and on New years.

    • American Mutt

      Racial comments?? When 99 out of 100 violent crimes (shootings, ADW, stabbings, etc) are committed by the same demographic, at what point is it appropriate to racially profile? I’m sorry, but 99/100 is not coincidence, it’s a hard statistic. Anyone who receives the police emails alerts for the surrounding areas (CH, U st, Petworth, Shaw, parts of NE) can corroborate these stats.

      • tinywings

        “Racial profiling” only became in anyway relevant since February – kind of pointless to highlight “the race that does most of the crime” when it’s “the race that makes up most of the populace”. I think you’re asking “why can’t we indiscriminately treat black people like shit?”, and I think that tact would be counter-intuitive to making the city safer.

      • Anonymous

        Even if black residents commit 99% of violent crimes, violent criminals represent a tiny minority of black residents. So it’s neither useful nor fair for police to treat the overwhelming majority of black residents different from anyone else.

        • Anonymous

          From Wikipedia (but I think I heard on the radio that the 50.7% figure dipped below 50% recently) : According to the 2010 Census, the population of Washington, D.C., was 50.7% Black or African American, 38.5% White (34.8% non-Hispanic White), 3.5% Asian, and 0.3% Native American.

  • Anonymous

    My wife and I are considering moving into a home right near Sherman Circle NW. One acquaintance of my mine has said that the Sherman Circle area is dangerous and that we should not move there. Some other people I know think it would be OK (especially if we were not walking around late at night). I would greatly appreciate feedback and insights from others who know the area before making this decision. (We have checked the crimemap and dones some Google searches. We have seen some crimes, including shootings, in the area, including the shooting death of a Catholic U. student two years back.) That said, the house is great and — asbent concerns about crime — we would take it.

    • Anonymous

      I think you need to spend some time in the area – any day, every day, at different hours, even the hours that might be of concern to you. You need to see how you feel because we all have different levels of tolerance for what we can or cannot live with. Studying crime maps/reports can be helpful to give you a general sense of an area but at the same time I think they can be fear-inducing/hysteria-producing instruments too. I could take almost any neighborhood and based on the reports (rogue or not) and think twice. You need to spend time in order to assess your comfort zone in the area. Good luck!

      • Anonymous

        Thanks. Makes sense.

    • tinywings

      I call those (it with Grant Circle) the “circles of doom”. Two years back isn’t really that far back, and while that made the news, less fatal violence happens there that doesn’t. I wouldn’t live there. Unless there’s some sort of “ah-ha” uncovering of the cause of the prevalence of unprovoked violence around there (neither the fatal shooting nor the anecdotal horrors I’ve been told had obvious motives).

      • Anonymous

        A 17-year-old gang member was arrested for shooting the Catholic University student. The 17-year-old told polcie that, after shooting the CU student, he took $60 from the body.

        • tinywings

          Ah. Sorry, nevermind then.

    • I completely agree that you should check out the area at all times during the day and determine your comfort level. That level varies for everyone. I have lived in that neighborhood for two years and have seen many positive changes. It was a great place for me to buy my first home; however, it’s not for everyone. I would encourage anyone to remain vigilant and aware of his or her surroundings, but I would give that advice anywhere in the city.

      • Anonymous

        I think springergirl is on point, and I mostly disagree with tinywings. Live within 5 blocks of Sherman Circle and have never had problems or felt in danger. BUT I think it varies block to block in the general area, and I do feel the need to be vigilant (and avoid unnecessary late night walks). The quality of your neighbors matters (and, no, this is not some gentrifier code – my favorite neighbors are all long-time residents).

        • Anonymous

          Thank you, everyone, for your responses. i really appreciate hearing from people who live in the area. we will check out the area this weekend at various different times. it is particularly help from people who live right nearby.

          • kgw

            which side of Sherman Circle? I would be extra cautious if just West or North of the circle. Depends on how much you want to be out walking. I live nearby and am very careful about which blocks I walk and don’t walk from the metro after dark. Safety, litter and noise is definitely block by block.

          • Also just east and south of the circle. I don’t think they’re really any different from just north and west of the circle in terms of safety.

          • Anonymous

            what if it were right on sherman circle? all the neighbors seem fine — very well kept up homes, etc.

    • I bought a house north of Sherman Circle a little over a year ago and have been very happy with my purchase. As a single female, I have no problem living in the area. All common safety precautions are taken on a regular basis and I installed an alarm system, but it really is a great neighborhood. My neighbors are great and I really enjoy my house…. Everything is block by block and you can really only judge yourself. Take a look at house people take care of their property and talk to some of the neighbors. There is always people outside, especially in the evenings!

      • Also just north of Sherman Circle, and always feel safe. Love this neighborhood, and feel much safer here than in CH. our street is quiet, and we know all of our neighbors. Love it, and highly recommend.

  • ghij

    To the prospective buyer: the circle is the best thing about the neighborhood. 7pm on a summer’s eve you’ll find kids playing, dogs being walked, families having a chat, just a very nice atmosphere. In the morning the people with the bizarre public exercise routines come out. But like most DC parks, don’t walk in it or through it after dark.


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