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Double Shooting in Shaw; Shooting in Petworth

by Prince Of Petworth August 4, 2016 at 8:56 am 33 Comments

shaw shooting
via google maps

From MPD:

“The Third district is currently on the scene of a double shooting in the 600 block of N Street Northwest.

Motorists can expect road closures in this area while we investigate.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should please call 202-727-9099.”

Corey tweeted us around 10pm:

9 Gunshots in Shaw. Took >5 mins on hold for 911 dispatcher to take my call.

MPD originally tweeted the location as: “1300 blk of 7th Street, NW”.

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 600 block of N Street, Northwest on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.

At approximately 10:04 pm, members of the Third District responded to a call for a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located two adult males suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to area hospitals, where the first victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The second victim was admitted in stable condition.

The decedent has been identified as 19-year-old Derryk Johnson, of Northwest, DC.”

via google maps

From DC Alerts around 10:15pm:

“Shooting at 2215 hrs in the 900 block of Crittenden Street NW. No lookout.

Shubha tweeted us:

“shots on 900 b/o Crittenden. 2nd time in 6 weeks. Cops looking for casings all, ambulance here as well, loading someone up. Scary

  • P. Lecheval

    Over five minutes for a 911 operator to take your call? How is this acceptable in any way??? If I or any of my friends or family ever require emergency responders in a life or death situation, I hope and pray that it’s pretty much anywhere other than DC.

    • JohnH

      I’ve called 911 a decent number of times in DC over the years I have lived here. I’ve never waited to get in touch with an operator and operators have always been helpful. I know this is all circumstantial and I’ve heard people having issues getting a hold of 911 operators. However, if there’s 9 gunshots in the evening when most people are awake and 20+ people call 911 in the next 60 seconds – is that the reason there’s a “5 minute” hold?

      • Anon

        Yeah, I’m hoping they got a flood of calls after the shots and that is why the OP was on hold.

        • JohnH

          Which is obviously not an excuse by any means because obviously in a big city, there’s more than 1 emergency going on at a time (and heaven forbid if it’s a heart attack, etc.). But just pointing that out.
          I wish DC did have a non-emergency line for police (and before anyone points it out, 311 is not for police). I always feel guilty calling in things that aren’t an emergency but still require police attention. I don’t know how other major cities are set-up?

          • Anony

            +1 to this! Constantly told to call the police when I witness drug dealing, etc… but when I do the 911 operator is often rude and condescending b/c it isn’t a real emergency. I usually feel bad calling so I don’t.

          • U neighbor

            What about, heaven forbid, (another) terror attack, or a natural disaster (earthquake)? Utterly unequipped and unprepared.

          • PSA

            Call you PSA commander for non-emergency police calls


      • annonny

        Isn’t the city’s “shot spotter” system supposed to help accelerate response to gunshots? Not saying it means we don’t need to call 911, but there are other ways for the police to know about incidents like this.

        • JohnH

          I doubt the caller who waited 5 minutes was the first they had heard of the shooting….

    • ANC

      It’s a pretty common problem across the country – 911 funding gets raided routinely. John Oliver did a good segment on it recently.

  • Sad

    Sadly this is extremely common in DC. I have hung up before because the 911 dispatch is so slow.

  • Anon

    It seems like the same five or six hotspots cause all the gun violence in Northwest: 14th/Columbia area, that crappy stretch of North Capitol from L street up to Florida, and just like last night, the Kennedy Rec Center area, and pockets of Brightwood Park/Petworth.

    • JohnH

      7th Street around Rhode Island has been a problem for a looooong time. 8th between RI and S and Kennedy Rec area.

      • Bullwinkle

        Isn’t that near the Shaw Library?

        • JohnH

          There’s been 2-3 shootings within a stone’s throw of the Shaw Library over the last year or so.

  • mmm

    Double shooting in Shaw – one dead, one hospitalized. The 600 block of N Street has been a problem hang-out and drug dealing area for years. 10 or more years. The parking lot where the shooting happened is basically no man’s land – none of the surrounding property owners take any responsibility for the space. I walk this block regularly, including Tuesday night (the night before the shooting). There were more people hanging around than usual and the vibe set off my “fear” sensors. I’m sorry for the loss of life.

    • JohnH

      Not sure where you live, but there are blocks to avoid in this area – at all times, but especially at night (and especially in the summer). I’m not sure I’d be walking that block “regularly” unless you live on it. While most of the shootings in this area are targeted, we saw what can happen to bystanders at the Shaw Metro last year.

      • JohnH

        And to a mother that was killed at a Memorial Day BBQ last summer. Did they ever make any progress on that case?

        • 7thStTechGuy

          To my knowledge they only made an arrest in the shooting death of Matt Shlonsky; one of who the Police believe is up to 4 involved, but have not made any arrests into the shooting of 30 y/o Tamara Gliss who was hanging out with friends at a BBQ and was shot. Plenty of folks saw who did it too. No amount of Cops on the street will bring those punks to justice, unfortunately.

          • Jay

            There was a large group of people around when Tamara was shot but no one ever stepped forward to give the police information. I remember the police saying at a community meeting that someone had to have seen something…
            Last night’s shooting happened in the same area. That section of O and N are connected by an alley/road. Since the police camera has been up all summer on O Street the groups of people hanging have migrated over towards N Street. It’s frustrating a more and more difficult to by sympathetic.

          • Ben

            Most likely because they are afraid of friends of whoever was involved in the shooting retaliating against them for snitching.

    • Anonymous

      I live right by here on N St. between 5th and 6th and def heard the gunshots last night. Isn’t the parking lot that people seem to hang out attached to a women’s shelter? I don’t really understand why the shelter seems to allow large groups of mostly men to just hang out in their parking lot all the time. Maybe there’s not much they can do, but it seems like it’s obviously a recipe for disaster….

      With that said, I walk on this block pretty frequently at night if I’m coming back from somewhere in Shaw and I always notice tons of people just on that block, but I’ve never had an issue.. I try to never walk on O or P because those always seemed like the worst options and N seemed like the safest choice in that area, but maybe I need to rethink that….

      • Tsar of Truxton

        I find that P between 6th and 7th is the best in the area if you have to walk around late at night. It is well lit and has a decent amount of foot traffic. The guys that hang out at the bus stop are usually gone after 8 or whatever, so you don’t need to worry about being harassed by them later on. Q is fine, but not as well lit and less foot traffic.

        • mmm

          M is also great for walking in the evening – UHOP often has evening events that keep the street occupied with “safe” folks and there are usually security people in/around the convention center between 9th/7th.

          Tuesday evening, when I got a bad feeling on N (it was 7 pm and light out), I took M as an alternate route in the other direction and it was much better.

          And yeah, I’ve lived here for a while, close to this block.

    • Na

      This is the second shooting in that same area I have heard of in the past couple years. Last I drove by that parking lot and there were definitely a ton of dudes that looked like they were up to no good. I sensed something bad was going to happen. Time for the dc police to put up spot lights and cameras directed at that parking lot.

      • Anon

        started causing trouble in the neighborhood, you say?

        • Mamasan


  • Kingman Park

    Lived at 6th and O in 2012. Nice to see the new development in the neighborhood still hasn’t changed anything.

  • Shawz

    I spoke to the police several times who were manning the cop tent at 6th and O st last summer after the shootings, and they all seemed very well-informed about the open-air drug market that exists in that area (it used to be on O st, and now seems to have moved over a bit). Cops seemed to know something was going down earlier this week as there was a much heavier-than-usual presence in that area, but I guess they weren’t able to stop the shooting. Not that stopping one shooting is going to make the area any better, there’s just such concentration of housing there that it’s all they can do to try and keep the body count low every summer.

    • Tsar of Truxton

      I heard that there was some sort of a robbery/police chase that started at 1st and FL and ended up in that area in the last week, so maybe that was the the reason for the increased presence?

      • mmm

        Nope, the chase that started at 1st/Fl ended over by Dunbar, east of New Jersey Ave. I guess it’s relatively close in terms of distance, but totally different neighborhoods crime-wise.

        Shawz is right that something got hot earlier this week – my guess is a new shipment of drugs came in. But who knows…

  • Sick of this

    No surprise here on the Crittenden shooting. That block has seen a huge influx of open-air drug dealing and using. There is one house in particular that has become the epicenter. We’ve got dozens of cars with Maryland and VA licence plates coming and going. People jumping in cars then quickly jumping out.

    There used to be an old lady who lived there but she must have died because her kids or grandkids have taken over and turned it into a drug house. There was even a pamphlet a neighbor sent around asking all neighbors to contact the police to plead with them to step up patrols. I talked with the police officer sitting in his car at the start of the trouble and he shrugged it off.

    Sad, but I’ve been expecting this to happen.

  • Arrest made in the Shaw shooting: “Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest in a fatal shooting which occurred in the 600 block of N Street, Northwest on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.

    At approximately 10:04 pm, members of the Third District responded to a call for a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located two adult males suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to area hospitals, where the first victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The second victim was admitted in stable condition.

    The decedent has been identified as 19-year-old Derryk Johnson, of Northwest, DC.

    On Sunday, August, 7, 2016, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, members of the First District Crime Suppression Unit arrested 19-year-old Marcus Martin, of Southwest, DC. Mr. Williams has been charged with First Degree Felony Murder in the shooting death of Derryk Johnson.”


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