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“The voices escalated so I looked behind me once more and saw one of the men pull a gun and fire it at the other man”

by Prince Of Petworth February 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm 11 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

Thank you to a stranger. On Saturday, 13 February at roughly 1:15 pm, I was walking from my place in Ledroit Park to the grocery store. I was at 3rd and Elm NW when I heard a verbal altercation about 15 feet behind me. I briefly turned around to gauge the situation, saw two men arguing, and then continued walking. The voices escalated so I looked behind me once more and saw one of the men pull a gun and fire it at the other man. They then both scattered.

During this somewhat scary 30 seconds, a man roughly two blocks away was helpfully shouting instructions at me (believe me, it’s much more difficult to react when you are in this situation, even if you “know” what to do…). The man then came and kept me company until the cops came. He then offered to walk me home or to the place of my choosing. With all of the confusion and adrenaline, I failed to get his name. So, in the off chance you read this, I just want to send a big thank you for taking 20 minutes out of your day to keep me company and talk me down a bit during a stressful time. Thanks for helping DC feel even more like a community and a home.

  • textdoc

    Nice going — it’s heartening to hear about people helping strangers.

  • This is Awkward

    applause applause, sure that really helped to have another caring human around during a stressful time!

  • Caroline

    Wow! I’m sorry you had to experiment this, but I’m glad someone was there to support you.
    I’m curious: what instructions did he give you? Believe me, I only ask because I’m not sure I’d have a clue what to do in the moment other than call 911 when I’ve got my head together enough for that.

  • Philippe Lecheval

    What a nightmare.

  • Priorledroitresident

    Man – crazy. How many times has shit gone down on Elm street. This has the MO of the same person each time.

    Ncie to ehar strangers helping though.

    • elmstreetres

      Not as much as you’re insinuating. It is a pretty quiet block. I am also not surprised to hear that , most likely, a fellow neighbor offered the young lady a helping hand.

      Hopefully the goons are caught.

  • Truxton Thomas

    Well, at least with so much snow and cold there probably weren’t many children playing at the park at 1:15 p.m. on a Saturday. This is ridiculous.

  • anon7

    Nice touch with the “This is how we live” mural framing the post. Sooo true. But I still love this city!

  • Elvis’s Mom

    Wow. I’m so impressed that you came out of that experience with a positive. Congrats to both your spirit and this guy’s kindness.

  • V

    This person should go on a motivational speaker tour. Talk about a “glass half full” attitude…


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