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Update: Homicide. Early Morning Shooting in Bloomingdale

by Prince Of Petworth July 10, 2016 at 8:57 am 81 Comments

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From MPD:

“Alert: SHOOTING at 0419 hrs in the 2100 block of Flagler Pl., NW. No lookout at this time”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2100 block of Flagler Place, Northwest on Sunday, July 10, 2016.

At approximately 4:19 am, members of the Fifth District were patrolling the area when they heard gunshots. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male victim conscious and breathing, and suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 27-year-old Seth Conrad Rich, 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.”

  • R in Bdale

    This is getting stupidly ridiculous – all of the recent high profile crime is concentrated on the exact same 2-3 blocks of Flagler, Adams, and First. Nowhere else in the neighborhood. Why doesn’t MPD have a permanent police presence in an area they know there is an ongoing problem? A car on each block at all times, and/or officers walking the blocks, and/or SOMETHING visible. They do this all over the city – along 7th at R in Shaw is the most obvious example just down the block.

    They know there is a problem. They know where there is a problem. Yet they seem to have a strategy of thoughts and prayers. Yeah, good luck with that.

  • siz

    update from a neighbor (not the police) is that the victim has died, but i wouldn’t trust that without police confirmation.

    the situation in northern bloomingdale is untenable. the last few months have just been really bad. i know there was another thread essentially blaming the construction, but that is ramping down and has been going on for two years. there has always been street crime in bloomingdale, but this prevalence of gun violence is much worse than usual. i don’t necessarily see the connection. some other shit is going down.

  • Sparta

    Shooting was at Flagler and W Sts., NW, not V St.

  • Eastof9

    There were 2 gunshots. The homicide detective said the victim died but no more details yet.

    • B’dale Res

      Victims Name was Seth Rich, 27 year old from Omaha Nebraska that was currently working for the Democratic National Convention. Also known as Seth Rich Conrad.

      • j

        He worked at the committee not the convention. Had for more than a few years

      • B’dale Res

        Correct and it is Seth Conrad Rich, not as I previously posted.

        I am not into politics to do excuse my mistake. :-)

      • enough

        This is so tragic. If what you are saying is true — that the victim was a DNC employee and former congressional staffer — it sounds like he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s especially awful considering how much violent crime has been going on in this 2-3 block radius. As a neighbor who has been concerned will all of the crime in the area, I can’t help but feel that this could have been prevented by better policing and more emphasis on public safety (including by DC water in the nearby construction area). There has been a small group of guys with a silver handgun terrorizing this neighborhood for weeks with minimal response from public officials. I don’t know if this is possible, but if I were one of his family members, I would explore suing the district for negligence.

        • fx

          Everyone in B’dale is in the wrong place at the wrong time right now… The neighborhood has been terrorized by a group of criminals for the last month, all incidents – same pattern. Unfortunately, the last one left no witness. What will be the tipping point for officials?

  • Flagler Res

    The neighborhood construction impedes the cops ability to canvass the streets, offers hiding places for criminals and eliminates sight lines for neighbors. As someone that lives near the crime scene and in front of DC waters construction, I know first hand the atmosphere this creates. Any neighbor I’ve talked to feels the same. Crimes near the construction zones have been going on since they first started. Attempted rapes, break-ins and muggings have happened right in front of the construction barriers on a consistent basis, it’s just more concentrated in the last month. There is no lighting for safety and the security is nothing more than a physical presence without response. It’s a tragic state of affairs.

    • Nathan

      +1. In fact, last evening waking down Flagler at 10 pm it was pitch black. None of the lights DC Water says were installed were on.

      • houseintherear

        Lights are out on the walkway at 1st and V as well. DC Water is going to get its butt sued off at some point.

        • Nathan

          I told them the Flagler lights were out on July 6th.

    • HaileUnlikely

      This spot had a distinctly vulnerable feel to it long before the construction started. I have a friend who lives in the general vicinity who I see a few times a year. I come from the north, so I get there by getting off the 70 on Georgia and walking over on one of the cross streets. The area between 4th & 1st, U or V to Bryant, is about as desolate and vulnerable as it gets at night. The construction certainly has not helped, but this area has always been an armed robber’s dream come true.

      • Nathan

        Having lived around there, versus visiting a few times a year, I can flat out say your assessment that its desolate is incorrect. Even later into the evening there are people out, walking back from the businesses on RIA.

        • HaileUnlikely

          What is desolate is neither absolute nor binary and thus cannot be “flat out…incorrect.”
          Also, I’m talking about walking west to east (as I said, to/from Georgia), not north/south, as those coming from/going to RIA would be. I have had many many trips when I have seen exactly zero people on the street east of 4th when walking east-west over there.

        • HaileUnlikely

          I suppose I should have caveated that with “when school was not in session.” When school is not in session and the Howard campus is basically vacant, you can walk down W or Bryant from Georgia to 1st and not see a soul once you’re clear of Georgia.

      • Houseintherear

        Umm no. I’ve been here for 8 yrs now and before construction, there was nothing “desolate” about any part of the area.

        • eastof9

          Agree completely with Houseintherear. This is a residential area in the city, just like many others. There’s nothing “desolate” about it. Except that it’s been essentially condemned by the city and DC Water over the past two years.

        • Bloomy

          yea I always felt safe walking around at night, but now with these huge barriers and dark alleys, it’s a different place.

        • Anons

          Haile says it is desolate, you say it isn’t. You are both correct – desolate is in the eyes of the beholder. Or something.

    • Adams Street

      I can just echo this point: a couple of weeks ago (during the week of the Parker Flats construction robberies, carjackings, and other armed robberies), my spouse was mugged at gunpoint on Adams betw. 1st and 2nd (effectively at Flagler) where the construction fence creates a narrow “tunnel” of just the sidewalk. Police had already increased patrols that week and were around the corner. I can’t say for sure this robbery wouldn’t have occurred without the construction fences — it seems that several of the robberies (and Seth Rich’s murder) have occurred away from them — but they can’t be helping.

      • kharr89

        Was this reported? I don’t remember hearing about this. I live on W between Flagler and 2nd (sadly right where this shooting occurred), so I just want to be aware of all incidents that close by. Sorry that happened to your spouse!

        • Adams St too

          yes, it was reported (I’m the spouse). It made some of the policy and community blotter. Thanks, I’m just glad I was ok, and feel terrible about the murder.

  • fx

    Apart from almost daily robberies with gun involved (which seem to have become normal), these guys are bold enough to hijack cars and line up groups of people at gun point twice (Parker Flats incident). A homicide was a metter of time… Again what is the tipping point for a serious action by the city?

  • uvaeer

    Linkedin profile-https://www.linkedin.com/in/sethrich1. Tragic

    • textdoc

      Very sad — thanks for the link.

  • Anon

    Jesus. Police now have blood on their hands.

  • Alfred

    MPD dropped the ball on this. I am willing to bet this is a robbery gone bad from the same “sliver handgun” guys. WTF did they thing was going to happen?

  • etcetera

    I live less than 2 blocks away. I feel powerless as the crime just seems to escalate around me.

    • RJM

      Same – this block is basically backing up to my home. There are so many small children and families in the area it’s unreal.

  • enough

    I’m sure the last thing his family wants to do is read a comments section of a blog post on his death, so I hope SOMEONE WHO KNEW HIM can relay this to the family: Violence in this neighborhood (literally all within a couple of blocks of his death) has been boiling over in the past few weeks. There have been 2 guys with a “silver hand gun” involved in at least 6 armed robberies in the past few weeks. There have been neighborhood meetings about this and several neighbors begging DC water to do something about the unsafe, unlit construction zone nearby that has created a perfect opportunity for violent crime. The police said they would send out a patrol on a segway and apparently that only lasted a couple of days. It’s absolute negligence and city officials now have blood on their hands. I hope this family sues DC Water, Bowser, and the MPD. Here are two popville articles: https://www.popville.com/2016/07/two-more-armed-robberies-in-bloomingdale-last-night/ and https://www.popville.com/2016/06/not-a-good-night-in-bloomingdaleledroit-park/

    • MakeMyNeighborhoodSafe

      How can we hold MPD and DC Water accountable? How many community meetings and emails does it take? It’s been one thing to have quality of life disruptions by noise, workmen and a project that is never ending. It’s another when people are threatened, robbed and murdered because of negligence, and it is negligence to not have adequate lighting, security and patrols around tunnel construction sites and surrounding blocks that have are now ungoverned because they are shut off from normal traffic. As far as I’m concerned, DC Water has blood on its hands too for not protecting our neighborhood and not giving a damn about the escalating crime. I wrote several emails at the suggestion of folks here last week, and the response I got from DC Water was a list of things that haven’t happened and that the increase in crime was “troubling”. Try telling that to Seth Rich’s family.

      • enough

        That’s sadly better than the response I got when I wrote separately to Councilman McDuffie, Mayor Bowser, and the MPD about the robberies in this neighborhood a few weeks ago — not a single response from any of them. They don’t give a damn.

      • Nathan

        Yah I received the same garbage copy/paste response.

      • anon_bdale

        I also got the same copy/paste response from DC Water’s contractors as well as McDuffie’s staff despite asking for three specific things: removal of construction barriers, security cameras and a permanent police presence until these guys are apprehended. I am overwhelmed with sadness and anger at their negligence and believe they should be held accountable. I have documentation of my discussions with DC Water, MPD and McDuffie’s staff should anyone be interested in them.

        What can we as a community do? Neighborhood watch coordination? More e-mails? Safety walks? A petition? A protest to block DC Water construction work until action is taken? I just feel so helpless – that the neighborhood I know and love is being ripped from me.

      • gokart-mozart

        “How can we hold MPD and DC Water accountable?”

        Why don’t you hold the criminals and their enablers accountable?

        • textdoc

          It’s not an either/or. DC Water created a construction zone that isn’t as well lit or as well monitored/patrolled as it should be, and didn’t remedy the situation despite neighbors’ complaints. Damn straight they should be held accountable for their negligence.

      • J

        Is there anywhere where the minutes for these community meetings can be found?

  • fx

    As we are speaking someone is breaking into houses on Bryant street…

    • Shan

      As someone who lives on Bryant Street, more information about this would be appreciated.

      • fx

        Came from Nextdoor app post

      • Bryant St

        Yes – please tell more here – I also live on Bryant.

      • textdoc

        I hope the NextDoor poster called 911 and didn’t just report it via NextDoor.

        • houseintherear

          Police were there investigating, last I heard.

    • bloomingdale1
      • b’dale Res

        I wonder if that was a worker taking the pics. Looks like a house being worked on.

  • DCDuchess

    Maybe now that someone has lost their life, the MPD will step up their game. Of course, it’s too little, too late. My condolences to Seth’s family.

  • S

    Seth was a close friend of mine. This is such a tragic loss. He was warm and caring, and always had a smile on his face. He felt very passionate about all of the violence that occurred in the country even just last week, and spoke out against it. I will really miss him.

    • enough

      Truly sorry for your loss. He sounds like a great person who was trying to make a difference.

    • Effie

      I am so very sorry, truly. I don’t know what to say other than that this could have been any one of us, just walking, just living our life, and it just so happened to Seth. There are terrible people in this world who want to harm others and I’m so very sorry that this happened to your friend. Please know that the community is 100 percent behind wanting this to end and is fighting for changes that need to be made.

  • Aaron

    This is seth’s brother.

    I just want to thank you for the comments.

    If there is any additional information on these two people with the “silver gun”, please please let the police know. IF you are uncomfortable with that, talk to me and I will provide the info to them.

    Also, if anyone had and video cameras in the area, please check to see if there is any footage of him walking with people following or anything.

    Thank you.


    • So very sorry for you loss.

    • etcetera

      Aaron – my very sincere condolences to you and your family. The whole neighborhood is shocked and saddened.

    • enough

      I’m so sorry for your loss, Aaron. This is such a senseless tragedy and we really feel for you and your family.

    • Nathan

      My very sincere condolences to you and your family. :(

    • Huma

      am terribly sorry for your loss – I can’t even imagine what you and your family must be going through.

    • stacksp

      Sorry for your loss. Horrible feeling. My condolences to you and your family.

    • houseintherear

      Hi Aaron,

      My heart breaks for you and your family and friends.

      Please be aware at the lights have been out at two DCWater construction sights and were reported as such by a neighbor on July 6. There also have been reports that security has not been present at many of the sights, including the one at Flagler, despite being contracted to be on site 24/7 (from what I understand). If you need support in any way from witnesses in the neighborhood who are aware of the DCwater safety neglect, you can find me and many others on Twitter using #BloomingdaleDC. Not sure if your brother lived here, but nonetheless this community bands together and is a strong place, and we will help you in any way we can.

      The same goes for all of the robbery victims from recent weeks, and assault victims from the past months.

      • anon_bdale

        I am absolutely heartbroken for you and your family. Our friend was robbed two weeks ago and I have subsequent documentation of DC Water refusing to install security cameras or remove construction barriers and denying to provide permanent security presence. Should you need this documentation, please let me know.

    • TW

      Sorry for your loss Aaron, I live right around the corner. I’m confident that we will find these people.

    • Anon3

      Aaron, I’m so sorry for your tremendous loss. To all of Seth’s family and friends, the community stands with you. May Seth rest in peace.

    • Pollster

      Aaron – I’m so very sorry for your loss.

      You will hear this often over the next weeks and months, but your brother was an amazing person. I worked with him at the polling firm a few years ago and he was the life of the office. He was extremely friendly, inclusive, smart-funny, warm, outgoing – the list goes on. He touched everyone he met — my husband, for example, met him once at the office holiday party and remembers him vividly and fondly.

      This is a tremendous loss to his family and friends and the Democratic community in DC. I wish you and your family strength as you go through this, and hopefully you can take some solace in the kind words that will gush out of everyone who has ever met Seth.

  • Ak

    There is video camera on the back of the McGill row condos and I heard men’s voices very early Sunday morning. I was too groggy to know what time but I would reach out to the management company of the condos.

  • anonymous

    Neighbors, let’s bring flowers to the site, for Seth and to send a message that this did not go unnoticed. I will do so later today.

    • Rachael McClure

      +1 Hope all neighbors follow up.

      • B’Dale Res

        The exact spot was on the cross walk at the top of the 2100 block of Flagler PL NW. The cross walk that connects the west side of Flagler PL NW to the East side of Flagler PL, south of W street. Flagler Market is to the NW. I live on Flagler PL NW a stones throw away from the incident. We are all very saddened….

        • Aaron

          Thank you to whoever left the flowers.

          I just saw on twitter

          Thank you very, very much.

          • Ak

            Just added a pretty hydrangea from our garden <3 so sorry for your loss

      • fx

        +1 Hate to say this, but can we get some media attention in addition?

        • eastof9

          I hear there are media trucks out there now. I’m so shocked and saddened that this happened. Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends.

        • saf

          Pat Collins just reported on this on channel 4.

        • anonymouse_dianne

          WUSA 9 also had a good piece which will probably be rerun 6 and 7

  • Aaron Rich

    Thank you all for the kinds words and information.

    He did live just a block from where the shooting happened. Please be safe.

    I really appreciate everything. I’m hoping to be able to make in there in a week or two after we have him home in Omaha.

    Thanks again.

    • RebeccainShaw

      Aaron, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I did not know your brother but have been so sad about this since I heard the news. My little brother used to live right around the corner from the incident so it definitely hit home. It seems like your brother had a lot of friends so I am sure that you have a lot of people helping you in DC but if there is anything you need, please feel free to message me. I am a lawyer and could definitely put you in touch with an investigator. If you want to get surveillance tapes you should probably have someone go to the neighborhood as soon as possible. — Rebecca

  • SaraEP
  • SaraEP

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences.

  • stacksp

    Getting national coverage on a number of media outlets. DC is being run through the mud on this one.

  • DCDuchess

    This tragedy has already been picked up by the UK press: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3685119/DNC-staffer-27-dies-shot-multiple-times-4am-Washington-DC

    Will this bring about change? I hope so. My deepest condolences to Aaron and all of Seth’s family and friends.

  • Neal – Som Records

    First of all my condolences to the victim’s family.
    I was wondering if there were any updates today?
    I live two blocks away from where this happened and have been in the neighborhood for ten years now. I have a seven year old daughter. She doesn’t walk around late at night but I’m still very concerned.
    We live across the street from the park in Ledroit (and overlook it) and I can’t remember the last time I saw any officers ON FOOT walking around here even through that park has activity (not all of it good) until late in the evening most nights. The street north of the park used to be a fairly open drug market. It doesn’t seem as active as it once was but it’s still a busy hang out spot where I see police activity at least a few times a month. The police really do need to get out of their cars and walk or bike their beats around here. And it doesn’t always have to be crime fighting. Just showing up when folks are cooking out and saying hello goes a long way. There are other issues and potential solutions here obviously but I think that would be a good start.

  • Enough

    Eh… Holding the criminals accountable is exactly what we want to do. But considering that vigilantism is generally frowned upon, we need the police and elected officials in charge of public safety to actually respond to criminal activity and dangerous situations when we report it time and time again. Neighbors are upset not only because someone died and the criminals are still on the loose but also because we could see this coming and had written to the police and officials about this very concern with essentially no response.


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