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Shooting Homicide in Shaw Saturday 2:21am

by Prince Of Petworth November 7, 2015 at 3:20 pm 14 Comments

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that took place on Saturday, November 7, 2015 in the 1700 block of 8th Street, Northwest.

At approximately 2:21 am, members of the Third District heard sounds of gunshots in the area. While investigating, they received information that an adult male victim had arrived at an area hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. Lifesaving efforts failed, and the victim was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 28-year-old Reginald Perry of Northwest, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

  • JohnH

    Heard this from my house a couple blocks away. It was a lot of gun shots – well over 10. First siren I heard was an ambulance and not that immediately after. Not sure how quick the cops were to the scene (doesn’t sound like incredibly fast).
    I know it’s easier said than done (and I know MPD’s force is shrinking significantly by the month), but I can sit there and tell you the problem blocks are. There was a shooting on this same small block a couple months ago. After that happened (and a couple others in that area), the cops literally went and broke up all the people hanging out up and down 7th and by the Shaw metro. But then the cops disappeared again.

    • Chris

      I saw officers arriving on foot within seconds. The lack of sirens does not mean that the police aren’t present.

      • JohnH

        That wasn’t meant a slight at police cause I didn’t hear police sirens. Late at night, they obviously don’t always have to use sirens with less traffic out as well. Just sounded like if someone got shot and left the scene to go to the hospital, it wasn’t exactly an immediate arrival.

        • Anonymous

          Police explicitly don’t use sirens and try to do silent approaches to reports such as these. I’ve called in gunshots before and the police always arrive without sirens and sometimes no lights.

          Ambulances won’t arrive until police have deemed the scene safe for good reason.

    • d

      I bike through this intersection on average 4x a day, and I always see cops there, very often outside of their car standing on the corner (near the liquor store). I don’t think MPD is under-staffing this block vis a vis others.

      In fact, when I biked past on Saturday morning (maybe 8 am?) I almost didn’t notice the crime tape because it is so normal to see police officers standing there and cars parked there that it didn’t strike me as odd until I saw the TV truck.

  • Mary C

    There is obviously a huge problem ON THIS BLOCK. 3 people have now been cut down there or very near there. Doesn’t it make sense for the police to keep a permanent presence there? Why “arrive” from elsewhere. 8th and S is the epicenter of the Shaw violence. Hello? Anyone there at the police paying attention?

    • JohnH

      You’re exactly right. 8th St between R and S has literally been THE problem. There’s been 2 shootings within a couple months on this block now. I believe the kid who was arrested in conjunction with the murder at Shaw Metro lived in these apartments as well. But remember, he was the victim.
      I don’t want to label the housing areas around this block as the problem because there are many good people who live there that I have met over the years. But my gosh, there could literally be a couple cops stationed on this block and down at 7th Street/O 24/7 and things would be so much better in this neighborhood. They pushed the people away from hanging out on top of the metro at 8th and S, which was good, but now they are congregating up 8th in a more secluded area.

      • Voice of Reason

        People getting shot in a secluded area is much preferable to people getting shot by a busy metro entrance.

        • JohnH

          Well, there is a metro entrance on the same block, so it’s not that far away.

    • funky

      yep, certain problem in that radius. rather it’s obvious.

  • 8thStreetResident

    Curious why there isn’t a permanent police camera on this block yet….

    • JohnH

      There’s a mobile camera now stationed at 9th and S. I’m not sure if there are any others (I don’t venture towards 8th much). 9th and S isn’t really a problem.

  • 7thStTechGuy

    The police were onsite nearly immediately- they dont come in sirens blaring; usually it’s on foot, officers go on break at Pizza D’Oro so they were a block away. The fact that this shooting even happened is what should shock people, not the fact that this guy died; sad as that is. The brazenness of this is stunning- MPD has had foot, bike, scooter and vehicle patrols working all night and day in this area. Im curious to know what kind of weapon was used and how many shots were fired back. The neighbors I spoke with said it was up to 20 shots. I agree with folks on here that this intersection is an issue, and I agree that a majority of this activity is coming from the Westmoreland house and these apartments- until the District gets its act together about Housing and development, and actual stakeholders in the community(Im talking about Clergy and long time business owners) this stuff will continue to happen…oh and admit they have a gang problem.

  • 8th street resident

    Crime occurs on a daily basis in this neighborhood. Drug deals take place in plain view even with increased police presence. The elephant in the room is that the escalation of violent crime began in early summer around the same time that the district level vice squads were disbanded. I have heard from many police officers that their job is much more difficult without the support of plain clothes officers who know the area and the players in the drug dealing. I watch as deals are made on the street and in the alley and the dealers return to the alley behind the Heritage apartments.


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