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A reader reports:
“There were 5-6 shots fired somewhere around Clifton and 13th or 14th Street around 11:15 pm this evening. Many people heard, and came to their windows and local security guards who patrol the housing nearby heard the shots came out to investigate before the police arrived but didn’t seem to find anything although they were looking for shells. I didn’t see anyone flee the area, but perhaps some other readers have more information. Just wanted to let people know these shootings are still happening around the area, especially in light of recent events.”
MPD does not always issue reports for shots fired, if no one or no property is hit, so often the only way to know is through your reports. If you happen to hear them please email [email protected] or contact us @PoPville so we can keep a record. Thanks.
Yesterday we learned that “an individual involved in two First Degree Sexual Abuse and three Burglary One offenses” in Mount Pleasant had been arrested thanks to “A witness heard the victim’s scream and saw the suspect fleeing from the residence. The witness followed the suspect.”
That witness is Matthew Shannon-Browne. And make no mistake, the assailant would not have been caught without his selfless quick actions. I happen to know Matthew and had the opportunity to speak with him today. I learned that he chased the suspect for blocks and blocks through alleys over fences into the woods and back out again for at least 10 minutes before police arrived. The assailant told him he had a gun, threw a brick at him and despite all that Mathew never stopped his pursuit. He heard the screams from his home and made that split second decision to help. “My mother or daughter could be next if he gets away.”
Props certainly go out to the other civilians who helped, and ultimately the police who made the arrest, but without Mathew’s initial bravery this likely would have ended very differently. It’s a miracle no civilians got hurt during this chase. As a result of a few people’s actions so many can now breathe a sigh of relief. The sequence of events that went down before this guy was caught are simply extraordinary. So, I’m saying it anyway, Matthew Shannon-Browne is a straight up hero and Mount Pleasant and the District of Columbia are lucky to call him a neighbor and resident.
If you see him, buy him a beer. From now until forever. Also please read every word of his statement below. His actions were, again, extraordinary but I’d like to emphasize his last sentence: “I hope we can all take time to smile at one another, help one another and be there when others are in need.”
Statement from Matthew Shannon-Browne:
“I’m not a hero, I’m a neighbor. If we all allow ourselves to see our neighbors as our family, our sisters, our brothers, our mothers and our fathers we don’t need to protect ourselves with guns or the unnecessary use of deadly force.
The District is my home. I was raised in Mt. Pleasant and see it as an extension of my family. I live beside four households that were attacked by this man. People have been traumatized by his actions, and when I heard my neighbors scream for help and saw him fleeing their house, I instinctually knew I couldn’t allow him to get away. I instinctually knew that if I took my eyes off him he would return to hurt someone else. Maybe next time it would be my daughter, maybe my mother. I knew it wasn’t “The safe thing to do” but I knew deep down in my gut that I needed to help the police stop him. As I confronted the assailant in the alley I called 911 and began to chase him so that the police knew where exactly they could find him. (more…)
UPDATE from MPD:
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit have announced an arrest has been made in connection with First Degree Sexual Abuse and Burglary One offenses that occurred in the 1600 block of Irving Street, Northwest.
On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at approximately 1:00 am, the suspect gained entry to the victim’s residence at the listed location. Once inside, the suspect demanded US Currency. The suspect then sexually assaulted the victim. The suspect then fled the location on foot toward the south alley in the 1600 block of Irving Street, Northwest. CCN: 19-087-193
On Thursday, May 23, 2019, at approximately 6:00 am, the suspect gained entry to the victim’s residence at the listed location. Once inside, the suspect demanded US Currency. The suspect then sexually assaulted the victim. The suspect then fled the location. CCN: 19-088-654
On Monday, June 3, 2019 at approximately 2:30 pm, the suspect gained entry to the victims’ resident at the listed location. Once inside, the suspect demanded US Currency. The victims did not comply. A witness heard the victim’s scream and saw the suspect fleeing from the residence. The witness followed the suspect. While following the suspect, he threw a brick at the witness. The suspect was apprehended by responding officers. The witness was not injured. CCN: 19-096-300
On Monday, June 3, 2019, 58 year-old Lester Wilkerson, of Northwest, DC, was arrested and charged with two counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse, three counts of Burglary One and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Brick).
The Metropolitan Police Department would like to thank the public for their assistance in providing numerous tips in this case.”
Last night a reader wrote: (more…)
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A reader reports:
“Called in two separate shots fired early this morning to the police (one at 1:12am, the other about 10 minutes later) near 13th/Euclid St NW.”
A call was made by a disgruntled customer to the cvs pharmacy that they were going to come in a “find them and…”; I wasn’t on the call, obviously, and I don’t know what the threat was, but the pharmacist was threatened enough that she felt her life was in danger. She was so calm on the phone, asking for guidance w police who offered no help. She finally just said “I don’t know why to do, so I guess let’s just get this on record that it happened and I’m scared for my life. Take that down.” (Paraphrased) (more…)
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Multiple readers reported the sound of shots fired (5-7) around 11pm at 14th and Kenyon Street, NW Saturday night.
Sunday night around midnight readers reported: “a few more at the same intersection too”
Ed. Note: These follow a Friday night shooting and shots fired in the neighborhood.
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“At approximately 735 pm, members of the First District were alerted to sounds of gunshots in the 900 3rd Street SW. a First District member found an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds to the body… The male was transported to a local hospital and is being treated for his injuries. There may have been as many as (2) people shooting and a vehicle fleeing the area at a very high rate of speed. A weapon was recovered on the scene..Anyone with information relating to this is or any other criminal activity is asked to call 202-727-9099 or email me directly at [email protected]
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