2am Shooting in Dupont around Connecticut and S St, NW – Report of “guns blazing” from cars driving the wrong way down 20th

by Prince Of Petworth August 12, 2016 at 6:52 am 26 Comments

via google maps

MPD reported:

“Shooting: 0202 hours, 2000 block of S Street, NW. No lookout”

as of 6:50am:

“DDOT reports all street closures associated to the police activity in the vicinity of 1700 block of Connecticut Ave NW are now OPEN to traffic. ”

There was a harrowing description posted on the Dupont Listserv based on “eyewitness accounts”:

“There are reports that one person was shot, possibly in the leg, but no reports on condition. There were 5 cars that sped the wrong direction (South) on 20th Street, guns blazing. Some shots are believed to have traveled East down S Street (based on a witness who was on the sidewalk in the 1900 block of S Street NW) as the gunfire started. He reported that one bullet sounded as though it traveled right by him and on down the street, while another one made a sound as though it had hit metal.

Initial indications are that the shooters may have come from, or targeted people who were at, the Salty Dog at 1723 Connecticut. A band that had been playing there was apparently packing their gear into a van parked on 20th at S St (across from Glenn’s). It’s not clear whether they were involved in any way.

None of the above has been confirmed by police who are being tightlipped (understandably, until they complete their investigation), but is based on eyewitness accounts which are often not accurate.

Ed. Note: Initial road closures for the investigation included:

“1700 block of Connecticut Ave NW (Northbound)
1700 block of 20th Street NW (Northbound)
2000 block of S Street (Eastbound and Westbound)
2000 block of R Street (Eastbound)”

Updates when/if more official details are released.

  • FridayGirl


    • Mamasan


  • MoreBS

    But Cathy Lanier says crime is down…

    • ET

      AHHH but she is talking pure numbers and not brazenness.

      • c

        you believe crime to be more brazen now?

        • ET

          No I was responding to the fact that saying “crime down” was likely about numbers and numbers only.

  • J

    I walked by there this morning on the way to work and there was no sign of what had happened – just a bus stop where 2 of the three panels of glass were absolutely demolished and spread all over the sidewalk and street.

  • DSB

    Seriously, “Guns blazing?” 5 cars traveling at high speeds and going the wrong direction of travel should make it easier to ID them. If MPD can’t, I will stop believing in all of the Government conspiracies.

  • ParkViewneighbor

    That’s sad but I see a silver lining.

    All this time crime was concentrated in satellite or deemed “up n’ coming’ ” neighborhoods, it is impacting the center of DC where the people that count hang out and live. Now guns are a-blazin’ on their doorsteps, our dear leaders may wake up and realize DC is going back to the good old days and that they need to actually DO something

    • P. Lecheval

      It was only a matter of time.

    • enough

      Sad to say you may be right. Though I wish it wouldn’t come to this to get the DC officials to do something.

    • Shawz

      It’s not up to our ‘leaders’ to wake up and realize they need to do something. The electorate in this city has consistently elected leadership that has campaigned on a lenient approach to crime. The mayor and council win elections because they are responsive to this desire. It’s up to the voters, not the officials, to ‘wake up’ and demand leaders that will take a different approach. Until the DC electorate has its Guliani moment, I don’t suspect this incident or any other will have any measureable effect.

      • Luck

        Guiliani did very little to stop crime, actually. The rates were declining in NYC years before he was even near the office.

      • Matchbok

        Guiliani did little to deter crime. It was decreasing years before he was mayor.

        He’s very good at taking credit, though.

        • Anonymous

          Giuliani hired a very capable police commissioner, who did do a lot to drive down crime. But some of the tactics used to fight crime had a serious negative impact on large numbers of people who were not criminals but whose rights were considered expendable in the name of fighting crime. The current talk about decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana and treating drug use as a public health issue is great but it comes way too late for large numbers of (mainly) Black and Hispanic urban folks, and poor white rural folks, who were given much more harsh treatment by the justice system than the treatment being advocated now that the face of drug addiction has become white, wealthy, and suburban.

          • markus

            Ugh, perhaps well intention ed, but this SJW attitude is part of the problem. The overreaction to do less to fight crime – rather than work against the unfair implementations of concerted effort , is not helping the people you claim to champion. The white, privileged, SJW crowd is too quick to miss that african americans and hispanics are by far the greatest victims of and suffer most under crime in this country, just like Muslims suffer by far the most from extremists. The most compassion we can have is to fight crime on every front. Too often I believe we’re willing to accept others suffering so long as we can pat ourselves on the back that we were in no part of the tangential, lesser, problem.

          • ConcernedCitizen

            I would be very interested to hear this as well. I do believe, at least anecdotally, that there have been changes to MPD and District policing that are having a negative effect. Didn’t Mayor Bowser change some of the District’s community policing policies? Even the Mayor’s (now failed) proposal to pay criminals to stay out of trouble gives the impression that District government is soft on crime.

            Also, some time ago I read an interesting article here on PoPville that spoke to under-reporting of crime in the District, with gun crimes that did things like break windows being reported as “property damage” rather than being reported as gun crimes. This looks great for a Mayor’s crime statistics, but is obviously untrue and also discourages directing adequate resources to fighting crime.

      • Anonymous

        I would love to hear the explanation of the “lenient approach to crime” that elected leaders have been campaigning on. Voters – or at least blog and listserv posters – have been demanding more action on crime since I moved to DC. There’s literally nothing being said today that wasn’t being said 15 years ago. The difference is that crime is down significantly over that period of time. But it has been creeping back up. And it’s becoming more of an issue because it’s not “just” happening east of the river, or in low-income parts of the City – because those low-income parts are now side-by-side with some of the most expensive housing in the City.

        • ParkViewneighbor

          Not sure if popville or listserv commenters are the majority and if their concerns align with the vast remainder of DC’s populace

    • tom

      In fairness to the Mayor and Police Chief, I’m pretty sure they are aware there is a violent crime problem in DC. I hate to say it, but I question how much a municipal goverment can do to control crime? Broader social factors seem to matter a lot more than the day-to-day policing. At the risk of sounding fatalistic, but how much of NYC, Boston, Seattle’s relative success at keeping crime down is due to enlightened leadership and how much is due to the fact that they don’t have the same deep concentrations of intergenerational poverty that you see in Philly, DC, Baltimore, Chicago?

      I ask this honestly, what specifically should we be demanding from our political leaders? Surely we can do more than we currently are. But, I’m not sure what that is exactly.

      • ParkViewneighbor

        You’re right but then what can a municipal government do to anything ? unemployment, violence, infrastructures… I thought that was why they were elected, to do stuff. While they aren’t all powerful, they surely have some clout, don’t they ? I feel your argument is letting them go off the hook a little too easily.

        For crime, I don’t know, it’s above my pay grade but for sure, crime in DC had been going down for a while and all suddenly it’s back up. What has changed ? A lot of peeps here point to the termination of vice squads, or catch n release. That may be correlated, then the mayor office can work on the actual causation but that’s a pointer no ?

        • U neighbor

          They could force Lanier and her cronies our, who are directly responsible for the toxic work environment at MPD that caused so many good cadets and old timers to leave the force or retire early. Then once the work environment is fixed, staff up MPD to where it should be. Then all the brave and well intentioned cops can do community policing and benefit the community, rather than running call to call picking up shell casings which is yet another layer of morale killer.
          And pass legislation to fix the overly “progressive” and overly bureaucratic catch and release system–another MPD morale killer. Remove and strongly convict the *truly violent* offenders who, today, end up on the street the next day. That one has a 2-sided benefit: the often-underserved communities that are terrorized by these criminals will see a better quality of life, and the police officers can stop playing cat and mouse and instead start engaging in community policing, which is what a lot of them would MUCH RATHER be doing.
          Or, you know, our leaders are powerless and “city living” is just a dice roll on not getting mugged or robbed or catching a stray bullet before we inevitably move to the suburbs

          • annonny

            What has changed with Lanier since she was appointed by Mayor Fenty? I was always under the impression she was pretty decent, especially in the Gray and Fenty years. Now it seems she’s getting blamed with the entire mess of MPD – which, okay the buck stops with her – but it just seems like she had been doing pretty well.

          • U neighbor

            I’ve heard from many different folks at MPD that she has a highly political style of governing, and her friends get favors while the morale of the rank-and-file gets worse by the day. Staffing levels at MPD were anticipated to drop well before it was a problem, but the top brass at MPD was incompetent in dealing with it. And now MPD is suffering through the cycle I described above.
            And personally, I have a problem with any leader who constantly manipulates statistics and uses them to justify the status quo. Great, so crime is not as bad as the Murder Capitol years. Go ask Charnice Milton or Seth Rich if the murder rates are low enough, and I bet they’d tell you we should be striving for better.

  • washington20009

    “A gunman in a car opened fire on three men walking along Connecticut Avenue near Dupont Circle early Friday, wounding two of them, according to D.C. police.

    One of the wounded men was arrested when police said he tried to hide .45 caliber handgun under a trash bin in an alley. Police said the person who shot at the group escaped.”


    • DC_Chica

      thanks for the link – the article says that there was one car, not five. that’s a big difference!


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