From Ward 4 Council Member Brand Todd’s office in response to “Frustration Mounts as More Shots Fired on Jefferson Street”:
I know many of you are concerned with the increase of gun shots in the Petworth community of late. Trust me, I am too. I have been in constant communication with 4th District Commander, Wil Manlapaz, and several PSA Lieutenants to inquire about the most recent incident. While MPD is still investigating, MPD has taken tangible steps to improve the immediate state of safety in the area. You will notice increased patrols in the area, by foot and car.
I will continue to work with Fourth District officials: PSA 404 Lt. Shane Lamond, PSA 407 Lt. Anthony Washington, Captain Brian Bray, and Captain Andre Wright to increase their patrols and response times as it relates to preventing further incidents. 4D officers have made multiple arrests and recovered several firearms in this area, and will remain focused on stopping additional activity. In addition, MPD’s Crime Suppression team has executed multiple search warrants in the area with regards to the shooting. Suspects have been identified and arrest warrants obtained. In the coming weeks, I will be conducting a walk-through of the neighborhood with MPD to identify specific ways we can address these public safety concerns, and I will be asking for neighbors to join us and give their input.
In the interim, I ask that you continue to be our eyes and ears. If you see something, say something. Remember to call 9-1-1 immediately to report any suspicious activity. You will notice additional resources in the area and we must all stay vigilant.
Please don’t hesitate in reaching me directly anytime. You may call or text me on my mobile at 202-316-6001.
Councilmember, Ward 4″