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Report of “Huge gunfight in Michigan Park”

by Prince Of Petworth August 27, 2015 at 3:16 pm 28 Comments

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Thanks to a reader for passing on from @ChuckThies at 3pm:

“Huge gunfight in Michigan park. Automatic weapon(s). Dozens of shots just now. Sound of car(s) racing away.”

Update: MPD reports, “Shooting at 1503 hrs in the 5000 block of Eastern Avenue, NE. No Lookout. ”

  • Wow. Get home safe everyone.

  • llucas

    Which streets?

  • That MAn A

    Sheesh…
    not too often you hear about the autos being used in the streets
    yes, they are out there but typically you dont hear about them getting used much
    hope nobody was seriously injured

    • jcap

      Mandatory minimum 30 year sentence when used in a crime of violence.

      • Kingman Park

        Just curious, is there a crime where an automatic weapon is used and violence isn’t involved?

        • anon

          Simple possession? If you are caught with one in your trunk, you are getting arrested, but that mandatory minimum would not apply.

        • anon

          if you fire them in National Parks for kicks or to take aim at trigger trash, apparently no

          http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/19/us/a-culture-clash-over-guns-infiltrates-the-backcountry.html?_r=0

        • jcap

          I don’t have the statute in front of me, but the language might be something more along the lines of “the use or carrying of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence or drug trafficking.” I’m not sure whether there could be a crime where an automatic weapon is “used” that wouldn’t be a crime of violence. Maybe something like the unlawful discharge of a firearm in some specific area (national park) where a person is target shooting as opposed to committing a violent act on another person. But I’m just speculating.

          • NorthbyNE

            You’re talking about 18 USC 924(c)…it covers using, carrying, or possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime or crime of violence. Minimums start at five years and go up for semi-autos (10 yrs), silencers (30 yrs) and machine/autos (30 yrs).

  • west_egg

    AlertDC says “Shooting at 1503 hrs in the 5000 block of Eastern Avenue, NE. No Lookout.”

    • jim_ed

      Huh, that’s a super quiet block with that Catholic church property back there.

  • HaileUnlikely

    Just got DC text alert for shooting at 5000 block of Eastern Ave NE reported at 3:03 PM; I presume that is the location. If correct, holy f*, that is insane. Eastern dead ends there at the DC catholic church’s offices right there, and across the street is Fort Circle Park – this is generally a very quiet, peaceful residential street; I have friends right around the corner on that block of Gallatin.

  • john smith

    Any more info on this? I live in Michigan Park and am looking for more info before I head home. Thx.

    • This was the only update I’ve seen: Update: MPD reports, “Shooting at 1503 hrs in the 5000 block of Eastern Avenue, NE. No Lookout. ”

  • hilary1121

    This is crazy…quietest corner of DC.

  • hiphop anonymous

    Never thought I’d say this…Is it winter yet????

    • Ryan

      I’ve been saying that since May, but I just like the cold.

      • SomePeopleOnThisSiteSheesh

        Agree. Summer weather (at least in the mid Atlantic) is for the birds. Bring on the fall.

  • Cynthia

    What. the. our daughter’s freaking school is right around there. thank god school doesn’t start until Monday, but holy wow.

  • Marty

    We need jobs not jails!

    • HaileUnlikely

      There’s this new place up the street with me that might have a couple openings for luthiers next year.

  • GoutMachine

    What does it mean when MPD says “no lookout”?

    • JohnH

      What to look out for in terms of suspects. Like Asian man in a Chevy Volt. (trying not to offend anyone)

      • Vermonster

        ha!

      • GoutMachine

        Ahhh – thank you, that makes sense. I’ve always wondered.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure the mayor loved this headline on the day she announced her “crime crackdown” today.

  • person

    Map includes North Michigan Park.

  • Mt. Rainier Rez

    Not sure if it was related or not, but we just had a slew of shots fired close to this time frame – a super quick succession of about 6 shots on one corner (maybe automatic, I don’t know – all I know is that it was a lot in a row), a car sped through an alley, popped off another few rounds 2 blocks away. This is highly unusual for Mt. Rainier. I wonder if there is a connection of the same people?

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