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Streets Closed to Cars and Pedestrians “barricade situation located at 19th and K Street NW”

by Prince Of Petworth November 16, 2015 at 7:28 am 41 Comments


From DCPoliceTraffic:

“UPDATE: The outlined Streets are CLOSED to PEDESTRIAN & VEHICULAR Traffic until further notice due Police Activity”

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From AlertDC:

“MPD reports a barricade situation located at 19th and K Street NW. Due to the incident (K Street, L Street, and M Street NW are closed between 18th and 21 Street NW).
Please avoid this area and use alternate routes.”

Alan Henney tweeted:

“20th + K Sts NW-DC police investigating reports of shots fired from high-powered rifle. Police are cutting/detouring traffic to investigate.”

“u/d DC SHOTS FIRED- Woman reported holed up in or on roof of 1999 K St NW-DC. She has FIRED gun. SWAT/ACTIVE SHOOTER teams on scene.”

“u/d DC SHOTS FIRED- 1999 K St NW-DC. Subject who fired shots reported to be trans-gender and suicidal. Numerous police agencies on scene.”

@DCPoliceDept tweeted:

“Barricade: 19th&K Streets(UPDATE)-No injuries reported, was not an active shooter situation. Subject contained, investigation continuing.”

  • MMmmm

    @DCPoliceDept had an update at 3:55 am

    Barricade: 19th&K Streets(UPDATE)-No injuries reported, was not an active shooter situation. Subject contained, investigation continuing.

  • JohnH

    MPD has specifically said this was NOT an active shooter situation.

  • Anon

    we are a block away. We now have pedestrian access to our building. But do yourself a favor and don’t even think about driving in this area. You’d be better off parking a few blocks away and walking today.

    • FridayGirl

      Yeah, I tried taking my usual S-line but and barely got to 16th & M St. Got off and walked around 7:45. It was at a stand-still all the way up 16th.

      • Made it into work about 20 minutes late after trying to take our usual route down 16th St. Bailed towards Logan Circle and traffic was backed up even on 14th–we finally went all the way to 9th and had no problems after that. Amazing (and a bit disconcerting) that a situation with one person can mess up so much of the city.

  • Boomer

    Southbound Connecticut is backed up all the way to Florida ave. Don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.

  • anon

    I had no idea anything was going on until I hit 17th and K. It was total standstill. At first I thought it was a bus accident because several buses were diagonal across the street and not moving. So I sat there for almost an hour before I saw an email from my office, gave up and put my car in the first random garage I could get to. I have never seen anything like it.

  • frank

    I’m going to say it…I think it is beyond ridiculous to shut down 9 city blocks for just about anything. They shut down smaller areas when there is a bomb threat.

    Pretty serious over reaction

    • sanantino

      They were probably accounting for the reaching of a high-powered rifle. Not sure what angle a rooftop shooter would have on 9 blocks, though.

    • jcm

      I guess you didn’t hear about the terrorist attack in Paris? I think the police will be erring on the side of caution for a bit. I’m sure they’re sorry it inconvenienced you.

      • FridayGirl

        +1. I’d much rather the police “overreact” than something seriously bad happen. It seems like most employers would give employees some leeway this morning under the circumstances (at least for those who weren’t within a walkable distance of work when they got stuck like I was).

      • littlen

        Right. And ISIS just released a video saying they’re planning a similar attack in DC… Also would rather the police err on the side of caution.

        • AnotherBdaleResident

          Woah – what? I hadn’t heard that one.

    • Anon

      Hindsight, yes. But I have to think being cautious bc of Paris. People familiar w area know it’s one of worst bottlenecks in city. Once people flow down 19 and M – no way out. If you don’t believe it, try to leave my parking garage at 5:30 pm

    • Unless this is your first time ever traveling down K Street you should be pretty well accustomed to delays and detours of this sort.

    • ET

      If there was a gun involved then they block off because 1 bullets travel distance and two they don’t need a lot of activity around them and the barricaded person doesn’t need it either.

    • To add to the above, there was a very public suicide downtown two weeks ago. I witnessed that one, and my office is near where this person had barricaded themselves. I’m very glad things are blocked off – if they had decided to jump no one needs to see it. Trust me.

  • anon

    Pedestrian access now possible along 19th between L and M, and along L between 19th and 18th.

  • jdre

    19th was taped off at Dupont circle – but could be unrelated?

    • lucie

      Nope, it’s the same closure. Goes all the way up to 19th and N, and I assume they’re taping off 19th to avoid having people just have to turn right on N. I waited for a circulator for 10 minutes before I finally gave up and walked the 2 miles to work.

  • jenster8dc

    Yeesh! I walked by the cordoned-off area on my way to FW this morning, but I thought it was for a motorcade coming through or something. That’s pretty effin’ scary.

  • andy2

    Feel bad for WAMU for today to be the first day with no traffic reports. Kind of blew up in their face.
    Georgetown through Washington Circle was a mess! Thank goodness I was on a bike and could navigate the gridlock and made it to the metro in usual time.

    After what happened on Friday in Paris – this seems like the reaction we should expect for the foreseeable future.

    • oh2dc

      WAMU still reported the closures this morning.

      • andy2

        Yes but it was not as good as actual traffic coverage.

    • sproc

      Good point. I bet WTOP picked up a lot of their listeners this morning. While I won’t miss the car fires in Stafford County, I still think WAMU made a big mistake on this.

    • The OP Anon

      Why the heck would they stop giving traffic reports?!?!? We have some of the worst rush hour traffic in the country.
      Best comment of the day thus far (blatantly stolen from Reddit):
      “It’s Jerry Edwards, who is giving one final traffic report from the roof of a building.”

      • TJ

        The future of public radio won’t be over the airwaves. And the future of traffic reports is already available on smartphones.

    • Philippe Lecheval

      WAMU’s traffic coverage was mostly useless, since it was nowhere near frequent enough. And they tried to justify cutting the service by claiming that their listeners are particularly tech savvy and prefer to use traffic apps and computers instead. Which is not very helpful when you’re driving.

      • anon

        He was also doing the traffic reports from a home studio in Florida, not exactly a local traffic report.

        • The OP Anon

          It’s not like other traffic reporters are actually sitting in traffic. They can’t be multiple places at once, reporting on traffic all over the DMV region. The job is the same, whether you’re reporting from the WAMU offices or your house in Florida or a beach in France.

        • anon

          He knows DC, so what difference does it make if he’s sitting in a studio on Florida or one at WAMU? If he had never been to DC and was doing it in Florida, that’s one thing. But he left DC to retire to Florida and then kept doing DC traffic reports from there. I don’t see how it can be any different if he has access to all the same information.

      • TJ

        They are right. Anyone who thinks they are wrong isn’t taking advantage of the technology of now. Oh, and about that decision to drive…

        • Philippe Lecheval

          Just because you choose to ride a beard-powered unicycle to work while viewing traffic reports on your iPhone doesn’t mean it’s an ideal option or even possible for everybody.

          • INDC

            Lol at “beard-powered unicycle”

  • oh2dc

    From WAPO: “D.C. police said a woman fired a shot in the area of 19th and K streets NW around midnight in what turned into a long barricade situation inside an office building. No one was reported injured. Several streets in the Northwest area near Dupont Circle were closed.”

  • The OP Anon

    Traffic was backed up all the way to 17th and U Street at 845am. I’ve never seen anything like that.
    Cyclists (and scooterists! :D ) seem to have won the day’s commute.
    Everyone in their car looks miserable and started making some pretty dicey moves to gain 5 feet of distance on other drivers.

    • FridayGirl

      +1. I got on the bus an hour earlier and it was already really bad. That’s insane though.

  • The OP Anon

    Just received word from our Federal security officers that Eye Street between 19th and Pennsylvania Ave is closed to all pedestrian traffic. Don’t come here.

  • Rich

    Walked down Vermont and past White House to Foggy Bottom at 8:45. A little more security than usual by the WH. I figured it was the TPP demonstration that was tying up 17th. Seemed like a normal morning.

  • jdegg

    Great day to take Metro. Which I did. And got to work at the normal time.

  • Sarah

    Just one more reason to sign up for the DC alerts. I got notice of this at 5am this morning and changed my route to avoid downtown, which is usually dead in the early morning (I commute to VA from DC). http://hsema.dc.gov/page/alertdc


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