A group of middle-aged men wearing purple shirts and a menorah of some sort (Israelites?), claiming to be a religious group, actually just yelling into microphone in front of the Columbia Heights metro about how bad all white people are. Among complaints that major grocery stores are being run by white people and that black people should starve instead of go.
Disheartening to hear when considering the tensions already present in the area.
Has anyone else heard of these guys or know what their agenda is/desired outcomes are?”
Ed. Note: The Black Hebrew Israelites have been “preaching”, off and on, outside the Columbia Heights metro since at least 2009. They are often also seen/heard outside the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro. In January they were involved in the controversy that feels like a million years ago. Suffice it to say they are looking for a reaction and it is a free speech issue.
via google maps
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.
Caitlin reports just after 9am:
“wmata having serious issues at Columbia Heights right now. Already packed platform just watched a completely empty train roll past.”
13th and Monroe Street, NW photo by Emily Usher Shrair
From MPD around 11:30pm Friday:
“The Third District is currently investigating a shooting in the 1300 block of Euclid Street NW. An adult male has been transported to an area hospital with a non life threatening injury to the leg.
Motorists and pedestrians can expect road closures in the area as we investigate.
Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.”
From MPD: (more…)
Thanks to Cait DeBaun for writing these up:
“3rd District Community Advisory Committee meeting (20-30 attendees)
The Third District has stepped up on-foot/bike/car patrols both in uniform and plain-clothed/undercover in the high-activity area. The Crime Suppression Team (where VICE is now centralized) has also increased activity in the 3rd district. The MPD Chief approved overtime pay to meet staffing needs for increased patrols.
The gun violence isn’t attributed to one specific cause. It ranges from petty disagreements to drug deals to gang activity and often comes with uncooperative victims and witnesses. (more…)
14th and Irving Street, NW
Thanks to Michelle, Flannery and Cheryl for sending:
“Wanted to let you know that it looks like Ledo Pizza is coming to the short lived Bar Roubaix space in Columbia Heights.” (more…)
1400 Irving Street, NW courtesy Lou’s
From an email:
“We’ve turned the outside of Lou’s City Bar into a patio bar and beer garden and are doing a launch event this weekend with Bell’s. We’re adding tap lines, including up to 8 outside. This launch event with Bell’s will be the first in a series of beer-focused events on the patio throughout the summer.
courtesy Lou’s City Bar
The Bell’s event kicks off this Friday at 4pm (more…)
From Kent C. Boese | Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A:
“In response to the recent increase in gun violence in our community and the urgent need to get answers and find solutions, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A has organized a panel for tonight where we can get updates on the efforts being undertaken to restore safety to our community. The event is scheduled for tonight (5/29) beginning at 7 pm. It will be held in the gymnasium of the Harriet Tubman Elementary School.
The following organizations and guests have been invited: (more…)
Came across this sign on a house on 13th St near Spring as I was walking back to my house in Petworth yesterday. Any info on this? I have a friend who lives further up the street and similarly dealt with developers harassing him and his roommates a few years ago for complaining to the city about their building practices, so not terribly surprised if this was also true.”
Ed. Note: Another reader sent a photo of the sign on the right hand side of the photo above a few weeks ago. I hadn’t seen the one on the left, which is also intriguing.