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Shooting Homicide around 11pm on Hanover Place

by Prince Of Petworth February 28, 2017 at 9:40 am 11 Comments

via google maps

From MPD:

“MPD responded to the unit block of Hanover Place NW for sound of gunshots. Once on scene the officers located an adult male in and out of conscious and suffering from one shot to his rear shoulder/back. DCFEMS and EMS responded to the scene and took the male to the hospital. The male was pronounced while at the hospital. The case is being investigated by Homicide Branch. Any information please contact them directly. As for right now we have no look out for any suspects.”

Around 11pm readers started reporting:

“Wtf is going on in noma recently? Explosions, I swear I just heard like 10 gunshots.”

“about 12 shots heard by Hanover PL NW. Any ideas?”

“more than that! Plus someone injured.”

Update – full MPD report:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred in the Unit Block of Hanover Place, Northwest on Monday, February 27th, 2017.

At approximately 11:06 pm, officers responded to the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 31-year-old James Mace III, 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.”

  • Anon

    There’s a helicopter circling over the same area as I type this. I wonder if someone retaliated this morning?

  • anon

    Sounded like multiple guns, was too quick for a single semi-auto IMO

  • DCRachel

    It sounds like more than twelve shots to me. The whole street was still closed off around 9 am this morning as the crime scene was still being processed. I’m sad to hear the victim passed away.

    On another note, has anyone else heard incredibly loud explosion noises in the same area, but only on Sunday nights? The noises are incredibly loud, and NOT gunshots or fireworks. I don’t think it is related to construction in Noma as it physically shakes my house. It’s so odd and it scares the crap out my dog (and me).

    • anon

      Yes, I noticed only on Sundays too. I haven’t seen anything else about it, but these are MASSIVE explosions… No interruption in power, so I don’t think it’s a transformer (and they are nearly as powerful.) On the initial note, it was more than 12 shots.

    • Anon

      Construction-related. They’re boring holes for foundation at one of the numerous active construction sites.

      • Charles

        The explosions are 100% not construction noises. They come from different locations, and are single concussive blasts, sometimes at night well after construction has ceased for the day. Around the Fourth of July, I have several times been startled by people setting off enormous firecrackers, the so-called “quarter-sticks” or bigger, in the lot next to my house. These blasts generate pressure waves powerful enough to rattle windows and set off car alarms. The two blasts at the end of January were strong enough that I could feel them in my chest.

    • MindyJ

      I don’t think it’s construction noise. I’ve always assumed that it was someone setting off firecrackers in a dumpster.

  • jkl

    Definitely heard this last night, all the way from the west side of Columbia Heights. Went out to walk my dog at about 11pm. Was quiet and clear out, except for a quick succession of faint but distinct pops in the distance – coming form a SE direction. I would say I heard seven shots, then a pause, maybe more thereafter. Immediately thought gunfire (sounded like what you hear in doc footage of a war zone), but brushed it off as firecrackers. Then read this. Nuts. Surprised the sound carried that far, but it’s entirely possible on a dry, clear, quiet night.

  • anon

    Back in the 90s, Hanover Place was synonymous with crack. Even as the area improves that stretch of North Capitol is still pretty awful.

  • Charles

    The gunshots sounded like two weapons being discharged simultaneously and very quickly. I couldn’t count them because they were being fired so fast. After a few seconds of shooting, there was a brief pause, and then about four more individual shots. At first I thought they were firecrackers because of the staccato rhythm and the echo produced by the alley, and I couldn’t see anyone hightailing it out of there like most shootings on this block. But a few minutes later the police were on the scene administering aid to the victim, whom I did not see on my first look.

  • anony

    This 3 block stretch is probably one of the few places in the city I avoid at night, and I feel comfortably walking mostly anywhere in the city including Anacostia.


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