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Shooting Homicide in Petworth at 4pm – Subsequent shots Fired Reported at 6 and 8pm

by Prince Of Petworth May 3, 2016 at 4:36 pm 60 Comments

4500 block Illinois Ave, NW

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred in the 4500 block of Illinois Avenue, Northwest, on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

At approximately 3:57 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to a call for a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where all lifesaving efforts failed and he was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 21-year-old Josiah Jones 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”

A reader later reported just after 8pm:

“Shots at 8pm @ just south of 8th & Decatur. A burst of 8, then a burst of 6-7. No one hurt. Massive police presence here.”

Commenters reported shots fired around 6pm near 5th and Farragut.

Alan Henney tweets around 4:15pm:

“CRITICAL SHOOTING/ PROBABLE HOMICIDE- Allison St and Illinois Ave NW-DC. Approx 30yr-old man shot several times in cardiac arrest.”

via google maps

  • Petworth Diva

    In the middle of the afternoon? Horrible! I’m in that area all the time.

  • samanda_bynes

    oh wow, how horrible – I walk my dog there literally every day.

    • samanda_bynes

      also, i really hope the victim is ok – was this targeted?

      • textdoc

        As far as I can tell, shootings in D.C. are almost always targeted.
        Probably the greatest risk for PoPville readers who live in the area is property damage (bullets hitting cars/houses) or — obviously with much graver consequences — being hit by a bullet meant for someone else, like with Matt Shlonsky or Charnice Milton.

  • David Solimini

    That’s just a block from E.L. Haynes.

    • Petworth Diva

      Yes, I was thinking the same thing after I originally posted. Right by the school that used to be so good, one of the top charter schools. Hopefully there’s no connection.

      • Petworth parent

        Can you share your experience as to why EL Haynes is no longer one of the top charter schools. It would be helpful to know.

        • Petworth Diva

          There have been discipline issues, more than expected for a school that’s supposed to be far superior to local DCPS schools. Check their test scores, they may be stronger & I hope they are.

    • Marty

      they’re on lockdown now

  • Rachel Pfeifer

    Everyone at E.L. Haynes is safe and sound. The school handled the situation well, implementing their shelter in place policy. The students’ safety was the school’s priority.

    • Marty

      I’m interested to see how many hours it takes for parental notification.

      • E.L. Haynes parent

        The schools (in our case elementary and middle) robo-called families at 6:30, once they had information. They said the shelter in place went smoothly and they gave us the name and email of theMPD school safety (or something similar) liaison. The incident did not involve any students. Very upset it happened, glad the school was on top of it.

      • EL Haynes parent

        Robocalls and emails went out at 6:30. We were given the information and the MDP school safety liaison name and email if we wanted to follow up with MPD. Upset it happened but the school handled it well IMO.

  • anon

    blood hounds are following something with officers on foot and trailing police cars now.

  • Neighbor

    CM TODD on-scene said 19 yr old was targeted. Definitely a murder scene. 4500 block Illinois, looks like west side alley. Camera crews arriving now….

  • Neighbor

    CM Todd on-scene said a 19 year old was targeted and shot. Neighbor heard 10 shots. 4500 block Illinois, looks like the alley on the west side. TV camera crew arriving now.

  • Anon

    The police in Ward 4 lack the leadership, tools and strategies to handle this. It’s not all their fault, but changes needed.

    • madmonk28

      The city lacks leadership, Bowser and Lanier are completely out of their depth and Todd is a non-entity.

  • stacksp

    Unfortunate consequences of street life most likely. Daytime shootings shouldn’t surprise anyone anymore where sometimes in the street game it’s an if and when I see you kind of situation with not much forethought since everyone is generally armed anyway.

  • Ward4

    3 more shots fired at 5th and Farragut around 6pm. No one was hit. Heard another 6 shots fired around 8pm but farther way. Staying inside for a while.

    • JL

      I just heard a bunch of gun fire. Sounded like a semi-automatic weapon at least. It was around the same time a little after 8pm. Sounded like they came back and shot again too. Police came rushing up Georgia Ave so they must be on it. I hope the cops catch these gun-toting idiots and lock them up.

      • Never you mind

        I saw the 8 o’clock shooting. A guy unloaded a bunch of shots towards a house on south side of Decatur, just west of Illinois. Looked and sounded like a shotgun, but I am no expert. I gave a description to 911.

        • Anon

          Is this between Illinois and 7th or between Illinois and 8th? It’s not the first time there has been trouble on that block.

      • runner

        It’s almost certain that it was a semi-automatic, since all that means is that you don’t have to re-load between shots.

    • anon

      Any more info on the 5th and Farragut shots? I live 2 blocks from there.

  • K&K

    Literally just closed on a property in this neighbourhood, one street over from the 8pm shooting on Decatur. I was leaving the property when I heard the shots. Is this common in this area? Very concerning…

    • madmonk28

      I live about 3 blocks from where this has happened, I’ve been there 11 years and in my experience, the violent crime is the worst it’s ever been right around here. Years ago, it seemed like the shootings were farther southeast from this area closer to the Metro, but over the past couple of years, it has shifted.

      • madmonk28

        Whoops, meant southwest of this area.

    • stacksp


    • Anonymous

      Hopefully you’ll be part of the solution, not part of the problem!

    • NH Ave Hiker

      Yep, it is

    • Anon

      My take… I wouldn’t call it common as much as not surprising and something that happens in this area (Sherman Circle-ish) a few times a year mostly in the spring/summer. What can you do? We got cameras, security system and have a loud and protective dog. That makes me feel a little better, but when shots are fired at 4pm, a time when my nanny is typically walking to and from the Taylor St park with two small kids, it makes me feel angry and helpless. I would say the timing of all these events is a little different, but I feel like criminals are emboldened when they can sell drugs openly and even if arrested are typically back on the street that same day. I’m all for not holding people so they loose their jobs before they’re found guilty, but I also struggle with those that benefit from those release policies when their only job is to deal drugs. As a potential witness, it makes it impossible to come forward for fear of reprisal. I digress. In terms of the shooting… my (limited) understanding is that when street crews start shooting each other back and forth, it makes for a few scary days/weeks and then things quite down because those that would be shooting are dead or in jail, which is super depressing all around. There are so many wonderful things about Petworth (a vast majority of my neighbors included), but it’s amazing how easy they are to forget in the wake of a shooting in broad daylight.

    • Shawz

      My guess is this cost you about four figures in equity…

      • anon

        Wow. That remark seems really gratuitous.

        • MayorOfNW

          Actually not gratuitous at all. People prefer to buy homes where they won’t get caught in crossfire. I prefer to sell my home for as high a value as possible.

          • anon

            It’s a gratuitous (and mean-spirited) remark to make to someone who just closed on a house.

      • victoria

        You are just being nasty and obnoxious. Sad sad sad.

    • anon

      it’ll move to another area sooner or later. there’s no place in the city that’s truly rid of gun violence yet.

      • HaileUnlikely

        This is literally true, but there are lots of areas, not just west of the park either, that have about as many shootings all year as some other areas do in an average week.

    • transplanted

      It’s not uncommon, unfortunately. I’m prepared for a really bad summer.

    • ZetteZelle

      There’s “activity” whose location moves around an area roughly bounded by Georgia & 7th, Webster & Kennedy from year to year. Sometimes it’s closer to my house; sometimes it’s farther away. I tend to attribute the fact that not much happens on my block to the fact that I have older neighbors who sit on their porches and aren’t shy about yelling at kids who are loitering. Then again, I think I also have a very well-developed sense of denial; if you’d told me 10 years ago I’d be saying “my block is safe, that murder happened on the next block over,” I would be shocked.

  • jim_ed

    Drove past the homicide scene on my way home from work, then heard the second round of gunfire at 6pm as I was walking the dog about 5 minutes later. I thought I counted 6 shots, semi auto in that one. Super awesome all around.

  • Anon

    Was super excited to see Brandon Todd waving his reelection signs at the corner of Kennedy and Georgia this morning.

    • transplanted

      His volunteers came to my house and dragged him up on my porch when I said that I wouldn’t be voting for him because his office doesn’t return constituent phone calls. Fast forward to five minutes of him explaining to me that he was responsive to constituents, so therefore my experience must not have happened (with plenty of implication that I was lying or somehow to blame for not getting any return calls) while his volunteers glared at me from behind him. What I wouldn’t give for a viable challenger.

      • Concerned Citizen

        Leon Andrews is a viable contender. I plan to vote for him enthusiastically. Brandon Todd is a ball of Play-Doh. The man has yet to place the interests of constituents above the agenda of the mayor when the two are at odds.

        • transplanted

          Will research, thanks!

        • ANON


          I ask any supporter of Brandon Todd to give me a meaningful instance of him challenging the Mayors position on anything.

          Also, the other day while driving my wife and child to a play date, someone in a jaguar swung their door into traffic resulting in me nearly taking off the door, but swerving to miss it… none other than your favorite city councilman, campaigning in his Ferragamo loafers.

        • deejay

          I’m glad to hear others who think this. I live in Ward 4 and have not been happy with Brandon Todd either. I wondered if any of his challengers were viable contenders this year, and after some research, started to like what I was reading about Leon Andrews. I haven’t decided yet, as I’d like to read more on all of the candidates, but so far Mr. Andrews probably has my vote in June.

          • Anonymous

            I’ve spoken to Leon Andrews a couple of times and heard him speak at a few events. He’s not very charismatic / inspiring, but he’s very knowledgeable and seems genuine.

  • Mike

    I want to say this is unbelievable, but after three years of living in Petworth it is sadly way too believable. So begins another 1-3 week cycle of shootings scattered around the neighborhood. I really love this neighborhood and want so badly to raise my child here, but at a certain point I can’t keep convincing myself that these things are normal and not so bad.

  • queen

    more shots fired just now same place

    • neighbor

      which same place? There were two.

      • neighbor

        EL Haynes robocall today said students reported gunshots around 12:30, MPD investigated and told the school that it was a nail gun (there is a new deck that has been going in right there that has been using a nail gun the last few weekends).

    • Ward4

      Any idea what the cross streets were?

      • MayorOfNW

        I head them too. Sounded like two shots.

        This is absolutely UNACCEPTABLE! Three shootings in two days within a few blocks of each other!? Where is the police presence? Don’t they know it’s smart to cover the vicinity of such a public (and clearly targeted) crime for at least a few days? What about the cruisers that spent a few months hanging around IL Ave (North side of Sherman Circle) after shootings there? That really seemed to help.

        The shells they found last night were .223 caliber (i.e. from an AK-47 – type firearm). Is there any type of vice or gang squad that has any intelligence gathering capability whatsoever? Who cares about ISIS when kids are regularly popping off AKs in broad daylight??

        • Ward4

          FWIW, the 6pm shots last night were on my street and at 7:30am this morning when I left my house there was a squad car positioned in our alleyway, presumably having spent the night there. Surprised we’re not seeing more, but I was encouraged by that this morning.

        • reality

          police can’t stop this unless prosecutors get tough.

  • AnonBlueBlood

    MPD Vice Squad has been disbanded. Been replaced by CIU Teams and more CST.
    From what I hear, As summer rolls around those officers in those teams, from all the districts, are going to get rotated into working 7D for the summer.

    I suggest keep pressuring 4D and they’ll probabably detail more bike officers in that area and possibly see an increase in NSID activity in the area.

    I know that NSID have in the past worked that Georgia and Kennedy st nw, as well as plainclothes MTPD officers due to those bus stops on that block.

    • Petworth neighbor

      Blue blood, I assume you’re MPD, so bless you & thank you. Stay safe & try to keep us safe in Petworth.
      I’ve lived here for several years & realize my block is pretty chill, probably due to the fact that all our neighbors are law abiding working & retired people of various backgrounds. All it takes is 1 or 2 residents on a block involved in criminal activity to ruin everything.

    • NobleDC

      Blue Blood, thanks for the advice and insight.
      It’s impossible to know the details looking in from outside, but there’s been a lot speculation that disbanding Vice was a mistake…


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