Shooting in Brookland – Street Closures in Effect

by Prince Of Petworth August 21, 2015 at 11:13 am 18 Comments


MPD reports just before 11am:

3600 18th St, NE. (1) Victim shot.”

“UPDATE: The following streets are closed due to police activity:

Otis Street NE between 18th and 20th Streets NE
South Dakota Ave NE between 20th St NE and Randolph St NE
Randolph St NE between 18th and South Dakota
18th between Randolph St NE and Otis St NE

Please avoid the area.”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in the 3700 block of 18th Street, Northeast, where on Friday, August 21, 2015, at approximately 10:15 am, members of the Fifth District responded to a call for a shooting. Upon arrival, they found an adult female suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found no signs of life. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene and transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The decedent’s identity is being withheld pending positive identification.”

  • minWood

    wow. right near my house and my wife was with the baby at the Mosely playground…

  • “There is an active police barricade situation in the area of the 3700 block of 18th street NE. Residents should follow guidance from officers on site.”

  • Dognonymous

    There are always dealers in that park. I know it doesn’t have the same frequency of incidents as Shaw/Park View, but I’d still like to see a little more MPD love in that area.

    • Dognonymous

      Though I should amend my comment to note that the early reports has this sounding more like a domestic situation. Still sucks.

  • Anon

    The buildings in this aerial photo kind of look like a gun.

  • Daytime Confusion

    What’s with the daytime shooting and incidents? I just don’t get it…
    Can anyone illuminate? Or just more senseless killing in our increasingly worrisome city?

    • anonymouse

      Based on the info coming out on the Brookland listserv, it looks like this might be a domestic violence situation? Or targeted in some way, at least. Press conference soon that might clear things up.

  • anonymouse

    Update from neighborhood listserve: We are on 18th and Otis. We were asked to hunker down in the basement with our 10 days old infant. No one is allowed to come or go from the house. Swat teams are everywhere on our block. They have the shooter surrounded.


    • Woodridge Resident2

      Any more updates? WJLA has nothing new…

      • anonymouse

        4:28pm: “Just spoke with the policeman on guard at 17th and newton. He said the state of the man inside is unclear and they are waiting for the SWAT team to arrive. Apparently it’s very customary for these types of things to take a long time due to sensitivity, safety and how calculated it is.”

        • anonymouse

          Also this, at 2:52pm: “The shooting took place in the 3700 block of 18th St. Both the victim and suspect were kin to each other. The SWAT team has the home where the suspect lives in the 3600 block of 18th St under surveillance. This incident has nothing to do with any neighborhood crime. My condolence goes out to the family of the victim. The family has lived in this neighborhood for years.”

      • brookland_rez

        Ok, so the swat team is actually staked out in one of my friend’s house because it’s directly across the street.
        Here’s the story. It’s a long-time family, been there for several generations. The lady that owned the house was born and raised there, and she bought out the other kids when her parents died. Her nephew was staying there temporarily and they got into an argument yesterday morning and he killed her. So it’s him that is in the house.
        When all this blows over, this will be another house that will get sold and flipped and another long-time family “pushed” out of the neighborhood. So tragic.

        • dcd

          “When all this blows over, this will be another house that will get sold and flipped and another long-time family “pushed” out of the neighborhood.”
          Please tell me this is a sarcastic comment. If it was – too soon. If not – holy cow, did you just seize upon this tragedy to make a (factually incorrect) complaint about gentrification? Wow.

          • brookland_rez


        • Nicky

          One news report says a 70 year old is the shooter. I’ve heard from you and others that it was the nephew. Are these contradictory? Also, this is tragic, you’re right, but the family isn’t getting pushed out anywhere. They’re still in the neighborhood and aren’t moving any time soon.

          • brookland_rez

            My neighbor said the Aunt was born and raised in the house and bought the other kids out when the parents died. So I guess it depends on who she left the house to and what they do with it.

  • zandunga

    I remember going to Catholic U in the 90’s and parents going nuts because there was a murder nearby during Orientation.

    • brookland_rez

      It’s not the 90’s anymore.


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