Posted tagged ‘shootings’

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.

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.

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)

Shooting on Morton Street Last Night

May 21, 2014

I know that a lot of residents want to know about the shooting that occurred in the area of the 600 b/o Park Road and Morton Street last night. According to NBC 4, which has the fullest account I’ve found (also click image below for video), a 7-year-old girl was shot and wounded while playing at the Park Morton apartment complex playground. A man was also injured in the incident. The shooting occurred at approximately 7:24 p.m.

Morton Street Shooting

In reaching out to MPD, I was informed that the adult victim in this case is believed to have been the intended target. I’ll share more if/when it becomes available.

Washington Post’s ShotSpotter Article Worth a Read

November 5, 2013

In case you missed the Sunday Washington Post, there was an interesting article titled ShotSpotter detection system documents 39,000 shooting incidents in the District that is worth a read. If you don’t know why it would be of interest to residents of Park View, take a look at the interactive map from the Post site below.

ShotSpotter image

In looking at the map, you’ll notice that the general Petworth/Park View area is one of the identified hot spots during the period between 2009 and the present. The following excerpt from the article specifically describes our portion of the map:

In Northwest, where ShotSpotter’s coverage is more limited, a portion of the Columbia Heights (sic) neighborhood east of Georgia Avenue between Princeton Place and Lamont Street experienced 299 incidents over the past five years. The number peaked at 99 in 2009, dropping to 46 last year.

I’m not surprised by the area identified by the Post, as it includes both Park Morton and the Park View Recreation Center — two areas that were once much more prone to violence than they are now. I also appreciate that the article notes that there are fewer recorded shots now than there were in 2009 … although the number is still too high for my liking.

In addition to identifying areas where shootings are common or concentrated, it also provides an interesting snapshot on what time of day is more prone to recording gunfire and what days (including holidays) are more likely to detect firearm discharges.

It’s definitely food for thought that I’ll be weighing before I attend the next community police meeting.

Report of Shooting on 600 b/o Newton Place

December 1, 2012

Two gunshot victims were discovered by MPD on the 600 b/o Newton Place shortly after 10 p.m. last night. I do not yet have any details beyond what MPD send out to the 4D listserv early this morning. I’ve requested more information and will provide an updated when I get one.

From the 4D listerv:

On November 30, 2012, at approximately 10:15 PM, 2 adult male victims were located in the 600 block of Newton Place, Northwest suffering from several gunshot wounds to their legs. Both males were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The suspects were described as unknown, males, 5’6-5’8” in height, wearing all black clothing and armed with a black color handgun last seen running toward 6th Street, Northwest.

If anyone has any information regarding this assault please call (202) 715- 7506, (202) 727-9099 or by Text: 50-411.


Details on Wednesday Night Shooting, 400 Block of Kenyon

November 30, 2012
Police in alley between 400 b/o Kenyon and Irving. Photo from Twitter user @DawnCrothers

Police in alley between 400 b/o Kenyon and Irving. Photo from Twitter user @DawnCrothers

As many readers may already know, especially if they live in the 400 blocks of Kenyon or Irving streets, there was a shooting in that area a short time past 11 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27th. Yesterday evening, the Washington Post was able to publish a lot more details than had previously been released.

According to the Post, the charging documents in the case detail how a tactical officer in an unmarked vehicle saw Mark A. Vanderhall, 27, of Suitland walking on Georgia Avenue and suspected he had a concealed weapon. The officer, clearly identified, stopped Vanderhall and asked to pat him down. Vanderhall ran and the officer chased in pursuit.

The Post continues …

… Vanderhall ran north on Georgia Avenue, drawing a black handgun from his waistband. Police said the officer got back into his car and chased after the suspect, shouting through his open window, “Police, stop, drop the gun.”

Police said the man made his way back to Kenyon Street and then an alley, where officers tried to box him in. Police [said] he had his gun in his right hand.

Authorities said the man managed to run down another alley, where he stopped. The court documents say the tactical officer jumped out of his vehicle and again ordered Vanderhall to drop the gun.

“The defendant turned to his left and took a police type stance aiming his gun directly at [the officer],” the court documents state. “The [officer] ducked down behind the open door and fearing for his life fired several rounds at [Vanderhall].”

Vanderhall was wounded, conscious and breathing and transported to a hospital. He remains hospitalized in intensive care and “has been charged with felony assault on a police officer and carrying a pistol, according to authorities.” The shooting is also under internal investigation by D.C. Police.


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