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Two Houses Hit by Gunfire Last Night – Guns Recovered

by Prince Of Petworth February 19, 2016 at 9:45 am 17 Comments


A resident inquires on an MPD listserv:

“Several neighbors heard multiple gunshots in the 700 block of Somerset Pl. NW shortly after 9 pm tonight. Cruisers were on the scene shortly after that occurred.
Is any information available on this?”

via google maps

MPD responds:

“Officers responded to several 911 calls for the sound of gunshots in the area. Shell casings were located in the rear alley of the 700 block of Sheridan Street, NW. A home nearby was struck by one of the bullets. We currently have several suspects stopped related to this destruction of property and unlawful discharge of a firearm. At this time, we do not believe anyone was injured. The investigation is ongoing.”

“A firearm was recovered in reference to this offense. Shotspotter did not detect the gunshots.”

Two firearms were recovered. Investigation is on going with this incident.”

Ed. Note: A note of caution to those who overly rely on Shotspotter to prove or disprove accounts of shots fired/shootings.

via google maps

In a separate incident:

“On February 19th, 2016, at approximately 1:30 AM, 4D officers responded to a 911 call for the sound of gunshots in the area of the 300 block of Emerson Street, NW.

A second 911 call was received from a resident of the 300 block of Emerson Street, who reported that a stray bullet had struck his house.

Moments later, 4D officers stopped a male suspect who attempted to flee from the north alley of the 300 block of Emerson Street, NW.

A 9mm handgun and expended shell casings have been recovered from the alleyway. A vehicle was also seized pursuant to this investigation.

No injuries related to the gunfire have been reported at this time.

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding this offense to please contact the MPD Command Information Center at 202-727-9099.”

  • Dognonymous

    1. This is just part of living in the city.
    2. If you’re not involved in drug dealing, you’re not going to be targeted.
    3. Compared to what it was like in the 80s and 90s, this is nothing.

    Okay, I think that covers all the go-to comments, so now nobody else needs to bother with the tired hand-waves.

  • brightwooder

    The first incident was practically in our back yard. There were SO many gunshots. Many of our neighbors have small children, and at 9pm people are often arriving home, walking dogs, etc. I’m so glad no one was hurt, but this seriously made me want to move. Props to the cops for pulling out the suspects from hiding and doing a thorough search of the scene. They were out there for hours. I really hope those kids actually face at least some charges for this. . .

    • Dognonymous

      It’s terrible catch-22. If arrested, they probably won’t significant charges because no one was (thankfully) hurt. So they get to go back to shooting at each other until someone inevitably does take a bullet. Gross. I wish the city had the will/ability/means/whatever to prosecute and punish for gun charges.

    • emersoner

      The second incident was practically in my backyard. I’m 8 months pregnant and very unsettled by this and the seeming roving packs of teens beating people up around the city. I’m scared of what it is going to take for the mayor to actually step up and DO something about this nonsense.

      • brightwooder

        So scary and totally agree. I’m sick of public rhetoric from the Mayor and others. Maybe there isn’t rampant crack dealing anymore, but I don’t think we should just accept the status quo either.

    • BrightwoodNorth

      Brightwooder, you and I must be somewhat neighbors. I find these incidents very upsetting and occurring a lot more than I expected, but I am a somewhat new resident. How long have you been in the area? People keep telling me this is “unusual” but we have been there just under a year now and have been experiencing this the whole time.

      • brightwooder

        The past year has been far more violent than the previous 2 I have lived here. Overall we have found the neighborhood to be great, and our neighbors are friendly and lovely. It’s unsettling to see this other element impacting the neighborhood negatively. There was that other shooting on Wednesday night at Rittenhouse and GA Ave, and of course other incidents have bubbled up over the past year.

  • jim_ed

    What do we think the plea deal will be for the guy caught in the second shooting will be? 12 months in jail if we’re lucky?

  • stacksp

    Drugs, street economics, access to guns, and individuals unable to settle disputes without resorting to violence are a bad combination.

  • andy

    So is there a bigger backstory to ShotSpotter working too little or too much? I know of its existence but not claims it is inaccurate, overused, or the like. And then I did see as was mentioned here that there were some shots that didn’t lead to a “hit” or whatever. What is the deal – if there is a deal?

    • jonah

      I am not an expert so sharing some Washington Post articles. This paragraph in particular might be useful: “The system has been helpful to law enforcement, but no one claims that it captures every shot. The network covers only a third of the city, focusing on the police districts with the most violent crime. It occasionally misses gunfire because of circumstances that can cloak acoustic signatures, such as the canyonlike structures of an urban landscape. Some sounds, such as fireworks, can be mistaken for gunfire, although technology and human review help weed out false positives.”

      ShotSpotter detection system documents 39,000 shooting incidents in the District

      Shots heard around the District

      • andy

        ah, so probably undercounts, mostly.

        • In my anecdotal experience – absolutely does.

          • ontarioroader

            MPD used to release monthly and annual counts of shotspotter activations, along with maps of the detected locations. It appears they stopped a few years ago.

          • petworther

            They only did this once and it was the result of a FOIA request. Somebody could FOIA again for updated data.
            As said above, I don’t think the quality is good enough to say in a specific instance that shots were or weren’t fired. It’s useful to alert police to the possibility of gunshots even if there were no calls, and it’s useful for researchers seeking an accurate measure of levels of gun violence across the city (since in many areas gun shots would go unreported).

  • Thatguy

    Va looks better all the time…..

  • N3

    Brightwood is a nice neighborhood. Who are these people??? Likely folks to don’t live here or use their grandparents house as a hang out spot?

    Maybe we need more public shaming. We never hear what came of any of these investigations.


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