Shots, Again, Reported Fired 8:30pm in the 1300 block of Riggs St, NW

by Prince Of Petworth August 26, 2016 at 8:58 pm 23 Comments


Madeline send the photo above and reports: “More shots on Riggs St. 8:30 on a Friday! This is number 4 or 5 of the summer?”

yung writes:

“More shots fired on 14th and Riggs St NORTHWEST WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK”

Michael writes:

“any word on the 8-10 gunshots around 14th and Riggs at 830pm?”

MPD reports:

“At approximately 830pm tonight, Third District units were called to various locations in and around the 1300 block of Riggs for the sound of gunshots. We are still investigating at this time and ask if anyone has any information relating to this, if they would call 202-727-9099 or email me directly at [email protected]

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  • dh

    It’s interesting how insulated Madeline and Michael must be from gun violence in their part of NW. This happens all the time in NE and SE. Not to diminish how terrible it is, but also maybe I’m just desensitized to news like this. This is almost a daily if not weekly occurrence in my part of NE. It must be nice to live in an area where people don’t try to murder each other with guns on a regular basis. What a luxury.

    • neighbor

      Not sure what you’re trying to say here. You put up with gun violence in your neighborhood so rich people should too?

      • JohnH

        The violence in these pockets has been around much longer than the rich people. Rich people moved to areas that were questionable and then magically expect it to disappear?

    • Nicky

      dh, I live in NE and this never happens near us. NE is pretty big.

    • U st.

      It does not say that they live in that area of NW. I am happy some people still care!

      • FridayGirl

        +1. Also I assume dh didn’t pick out Madeline and Michael to be “Becky” names but he forgot Yung….

    • dcred

      What part of NE? Unless you live in Union Station, I’m having a hard time thinking of anywhere that has as much pedestrian traffic and as many restaurants/bars/retail as 14th street. Whether you like it or not, 14th St is a vibrant area that attracts local residents, people from other parts of the city, and folks from outside of the city, and the foot traffic is quite heavy at 8:30PM on a Friday. Everyone, no matter where they live, should be concerned that shots are persistently fired half a block from people waiting in line at restaurants, on streets where people from other areas may be parking their cars and walking to 14th, on streets where people taking transit into the 14th St area might be walking, etc.

      • JohnH

        As a long time resident of this area, your post is short on history. The violence in this area has been here for decades. It is not arriving on 14th Street randomly. This is NOT surprising to anyone who has lived in this area. This is one of the pockets that have existed for years. Just because million dollar condos and small plates restaurants have popped up around it, doesn’t change a thing.

        • dcred

          I moved to dc a decade ago so I’m aware of the long history of crime in this area, and these blocks in particular. I made no mention that crime was new to this area. My point was that with development has come an influx of additional people (residents and nightly visitors), which makes the crime issue more pressing. Shots fired on a block crowded with pedestrians is more dangerous than shots fired on an empty block. And given that the area is populated with people from all over the city, folks from all over the city should be concerned about this problem.

          • JohnH

            So the streets of southeast are desolate? There are innocent bystanders all over the place. In Shaw, an innocent man gunned down in broad daylight at the Metro. Down closer to Mt Vernon/convention center, an innocent mom gunned down at a family bbq. To say oh we should be more worried about it because it’s near 14th Street and “people” is just ignorant. Innocent people are killed all over this city. Gunshots are not ok anywhere. But to say it’s more pressing cause it’s near 14th St….meh. It’s no more important than Shaw, Columbia Heights, Bloomingdale, Anacostia, or anywhere else that has seen violence this summer.

        • Petworth Dweller

          “But to say it’s more pressing cause it’s near 14th St….meh. It’s no more important than Shaw, Columbia Heights, Bloomingdale, Anacostia, or anywhere else that has seen violence this summer.”

          Actually, in a way it is. Anyone paying $800k+ for RE in a hip but (formerly?) sketchy neighborhood has options, and if their condo is surrounded by continuing — or increasing — shootings and mayhem, they may exercise their option to bail on DC, especially when they have kids. And the city CANNOT afford to lose the higher income people who pay the bulk of income and property taxes.

          • FridayGirl

            So the more money someone can throw at real estate the greater their right to peaceful enjoyment of their neighborhood? And if someone can’t afford to live in a “hip” neighborhood than they deserve safe streets less? Got it.

          • stacksp

            This post is alarming in a variety of ways and I am actually glad it was made because many feel this way and it directly correlates to this notion that some lives are valued more than others.

          • Petworth Dweller

            “So the more money someone can throw at real estate the greater their right to peaceful enjoyment of their neighborhood? And if someone can’t afford to live in a “hip” neighborhood than they deserve safe streets less? Got it.”

            PP. My comment had nothing to do with fuzzy “rights” or what people “deserve” or the value of peoples lives — it was an observation of reality: people with money tend to have more options. Further, they tend not to put up with too much violent crime, especially when they have children, and they perceive the crime rate to be rising.

            If all the people with said options bail on DC, there goes a big chunk of tax revenue.

            Obviously, we should have zero tolerance for this kind of violent criminality, no matter the neighborhood. Shockingly, plenty of people in DC and on this board seem to accept street violence as expected and somehow excusable.

    • Becka

      living free from gun violence should never be considered a “luxury” – regardless of what part of the city you live in.

    • textdoc

      That remark doesn’t seem very fair to Madeline and Michael. Nobody should have to deal with gun violence in their neighborhood, whether it happens occasionally or on a regular basis. It’s unfortunate that this kind of thing is happening so often in your neighborhood that you’ve become desensitized to it.

    • CH

      It’s interesting how some people are so cynical as to squelch peoples’ concerns about gun violence in their neighborhood. Although I suppose it’s good you’ve overcome your fear of being shot given your time in war torn NE.

    • Kingman Park

      You could move but I guess you wouldn’t have anything to complain about then.

    • TJ

      I don’t think you have a monopoly on the city’s unnecessary violence and gunfire. 14th St. NW has long had both, despite the changes of the past decade.. Riggs Place was a hot spot in 1993 and it apparently still is today.

    • -A

      you’ve become desensitized to it, so goddamnit, everyone else in better parts of the city should as well!

  • JQH3

    Race, class, rinse, repeat.

  • alexlavr

    I lived on that block for several years. There are a few houses that give this street a bad rep. They deal drugs or bring friends who deal drugs. Most of the guys who chill on Riggs do not even live on this street.

  • centrix

    i live on Riggs St NW it’s the same fucked up kids at the top of the block, what is so hard for cops to see that
    those same kids have done this year after year after year. last year shots and murder were commit. FIVE times
    it’s always the group of fucked up houses at the top of the street. ALWAYS, you can’t even sit outside because of the bullets. and i’m from the Bronx. i have lived here before the snobbish ass white people moved in. it was safer back then. it is these lazy ass cops that work down the block and just let this shit happen. i never see cops paroling. they put that ridiculous flood light that does nothing. these people pay stupid tax to live in this area and they are still are on ghetto mode for this street. letting this happen year after year.


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