Archive for the ‘Shootings’ category

Arrest Made in Newton Place Homicide

September 19, 2017

Late yesterday, the Metropolitan Police Department announced that they had made an arrest in connection with the homicide on Newton Place. The full announcement is below:

On Sunday, September 10, 2017, around 9:30 PM, MPD responded to the reported shooting in the 600 block of Newton Place, NW. Officers located 41 year-old Antwaun Smith inside of 615 Newton Place, NW, suffering from a gunshot wound. Mr. Smith did not survive his injuries. Homicide detectives investigated the case and were able to obtain an arrest warrant for 36 year-old Antonio Williams of Northwest, Washington, DC, charging him with Second Degree Murder While Armed.

On Monday, September 18, 2017, Antonio Williams was placed under arrest pursuant to the arrest warrant.

Homicide on Newton Place Sunday Night

September 11, 2017

On Sunday evening at approximately 9:30 p.m. there was a shooting on the 600 block of Newton Place, NW. There is currently little information that is available at this early stage of the investigation other than that the victim succumbed to their wounds.

Like many Park View neighbors, I am deeply upset and angry that I have to share such information considering all the advocacy and reporting many of us in the community have done to shed light on the many public safety issues the community faces on this block, and at other locations in our section of Ward 1.

I am committed to working with MPD leadership and Mayor Bowser to address any shortcomings which contributed to last night’s tragedy — whether they be from MPD, other responsible agencies, and/or leaders who have been entrusted to keep our neighborhood safe.

I encourage anyone who may have information about the shooting to share it with MPD. Information can be shared anonymously by TEXT to MPD at — Text: 50411

You can also use the anonymous tip line information below.

Anonymous Tip Line (202) 727-9099 — This number is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Callers may request to remain anonymous.

Park View Public Safety Working Group Meeting This Saturday — All Neighbors Welcome

August 25, 2017

Whether you have been actively engaged with MPD over the past several months, or recently, public safety in the Park View neighborhood is top of mind. Community concerns about various hot spots in the community were top of mind over the past several months, and the shooting at the Park View Rec Center at Princeton and Warder on Wednesday night has only underscored the need to develop a strategy — not just to focus on current issues but also to proactively address future issues.

I’ve been collaborating with and supporting the United Neighborhood Coalition’s efforts to develop a community based task force to focused on public safety. This Saturday, this working group will kick off. Below is the announcement from the UNC.

As promised earlier this week, below are details and the draft agenda for Saturday’s meeting to kick off a Park View UNC public safety working group. All Park View UNC members and non-member neighbors are invited to attend.

Given last night’s events, public safety is top of mind for many in our community. This meeting will be a chance for neighbors to discuss the structure we’d like a public safety working group to take and determine its leadership. We’ll also lay out issues of top importance to the neighborhood that the working group can take on. Although many of us are urgently seeking answers about last night’s shooting, by taking space at this meeting for longer-term planning, we’ll be better equipped to address specific incidents in close coordination with MPD, our Councilmember’s and Mayor’s offices, and other city departments in the future.

I hope to see you there!

Where: Park View Rec Center , on the corner of Warder St. and Otis Pl. NW. We will meet in the small multipurpose room at the back of the rec.
When: Saturday, August 26, 10:00-11:30am

DRAFT agenda – Park View UNC Public Safety Working Group Kickoff

Saturday, August 26, 10-11:30am

1. Welcome and introductions: each attendee provides their name, where they live and their top public safety topic of interest

2. Issues: Brainstorm top issues that the Working Group will focus on (driven by what was covered during the intros and added to/tweaked as we go)

3. Process: How do we track these issues? Which DC city agencies or offices (Mayor, Council, MPD, etc.) can help? How can we best coordinate with them? If it is something the community can be proactive on independently, what action can we take?

4. Structure: What will the Working Group structure look like? This will include leadership of the Working Group overall, point people on specific issues, frequency of report-outs, etc.

5. Next steps/discuss meeting frequency

6. Adjourn

Shooting on 600 Block of Lamont Street

August 25, 2016

The Third District is currently investigating a shooting that occurred in the 600 block of Lamont Street NW, shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th. The adult male victim had what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. MPD issued the following lookout:

Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099 or text to 50411.

Public Safety and Violent Crime: D.C.’s Number 1 Quality of Life Issue

August 18, 2015

Having safe neighborhoods free of crime is essential if Washingtonians are to enjoy the high-quality of life everyone expects and deserves. It is essential to supporting existing and growing small businesses. It is essential to having quality parks, playgrounds, schools, and public spaces. And, it is essential as development comes to our communities and we grow as a city.

It’s high time that our leaders in the Wilson building and at 300 Indiana Avenue provide the level of support our beat officers genuinely need. Focusing on synthetic marijuana, organizing public safety walks, and disbanding MPD’s vice units fail to successfully address the rise in violent crime and homicides in our communities or to offer any long-term solution to make our streets safe. As pointed out by ANC 2F06 Commissioner Charlie Bengel as part of his 10-point crime plan, it is critically important to re-introduce district-based plain clothes vice units.

Along those lines, I believe MPD must:

  1. Bring back its district-based vice units;
  2. Solve its problem of hiring and retaining qualified and experienced officers (including a lateral hiring program); and,
  3. Empower beat officers to practice good, old-fashioned policing rather than assign them to fixed posts as is currently done.

Add to this the need to focus on the growing drug problem/trade, that being cocaine, PCP, and — along lower Georgia Avenue – heroin. We’ve confronted these problems before, and they illustrate exactly why we need dedicated vice units in every D.C. police district and experienced beat officers. Let’s also be real, these problems are not just along corridors like Georgia Avenue, but can also be found deep in our neighborhoods were used needles have been found in seemingly safe areas like the intersection of Otis and Park places, NW.

Our leaders need to be honest with themselves, and with the community. As already stated, we need the vice units re-established – but we must accept that they were disbanded (in part) to help address our shortage of beat cops. MPD’s inability to train and retain enough good officers must be addressed. Furthermore, MPD does not currently have a lateral hiring program, meaning it does not hire qualified, experienced officers from other jurisdictions. Such a policy is unacceptable. In order to maintain levels of policing that we’ve not only come to rely on, but that are critically necessary, we must be open to employing good officers regardless of where they are coming from.

As Gregg Pemberton wrote on the Police Union blog (posted on July 31, 2015):

The MPD is hemorrhaging personnel at an alarming rate. We’ve lost over 550 officers in the past 19 months. That’s more than 5 times the size of an average police department. Only about half of that number is due to retirements.” Pemberton continues, “The largest group of officers leaving [are] those with between 2 and 10 years of service.

Yes, we need a plan to address the violence that is throughout Washington right now … but if we fail to address MPD’s ability to keep experienced officers on our streets and in our neighborhoods, any plan we come up with today will not succeed in the future. Whether it’s a change in culture, a change in policies, or a change in both … the change that is needed can only come from the top. It is time for the Mayor, Chief Lanier, and our Councilmembers to honestly work together and be the change we need to live in safe, thriving communities. Now is the time to put people before politics!

Three Shot, One Killed in Night of Violence

July 31, 2015
Nadeau on Lamont Street during public safety walk, July 20th.

Nadeau on Lamont Street during public safety walk, July 20th.

Last night, one man was shot and killed just after 9:30 near Georgia Avenue and Lamont Street — an area that has continued to see an increase in crime over the summer. Earlier this year, I worked with residents, MPD, and DCRA to board up two vacant properties that were being used as drug dens, and numerous meetings over the issue have included a Public Safety Walk by Councilmember Brianne Nadeau on July 20th.

The other two victims were shot on the 600 block of Newton Place just after 10 p.m.

Below is the account from Fox5, which also includes a few photos.

 

WASHINGTON – Three shooting incidents have left three people injured and one dead overnight in the District.

Two of those shootings occurred in the northwest off of Georgia Avenue.

The first happened just after 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the 3300 block of Georgia Avenue. Police say one man was killed. Officers continue to investigate and have no suspects or motives at this time.

Two men were shot on the 600 block of Newton Place just after 10 p.m. Thursday. This shooting happened just two blocks off of Georgia Avenue and blocks away from the previous shooting. One of the men was shot in the back and the other in the foot. Both are expected to survive.

Police were then called to another shooting around 12:30 a.m. Friday on the 1200 block of Delaware Avenue. Officers say an adult male suffered a gunshot to the leg and was transported to a nearby hospital.

Police have not said any of the incidents are related.

Investigation Continues in Weekend Homicide

August 10, 2014
Police at Warder and Rock Creek Church Road as part of homicide  investigation.

Police at Warder and Rock Creek Church Road as part of homicide investigation on August 9th.

Late Friday night, August 8th, shortly after 11 pm, there was a shooting resulting in a homicide at the intersection of Warder Street and Quebec Place, NW. Residents in the area awoke to find an active police investigation and the 3600 block of Warder, along with the 700 blocks of Quebec and Rock Creek Church Road blocked off to all traffic.

Late Saturday afternoon, a property of interest related to the homicide on Rock Creek Church Road was also visited by the police and evidence removed from the property.

Below is a news clip from News Channel 4 that accompanied their story which provides some information related to this tragic event.

Warder homicide 2014(Click on image to access video)


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