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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.


Homicide at Georgia Ave. & Park Road Early This Morning

August 5, 2012

From the MPD-4D Listserv this morning:

Units received a call for sounds of gunshots shortly after 3 am and during the canvass located an unconscious adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound at Ga Ave and Park Road, NW. The male is deceased. The 3400-3500 blks of Ga Ave are temporarily closed while the investigation continues. This case is being investigated by the Homicide Branch. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.


Shooting Incident Early This Morning on 700 b/o Princeton Place

April 6, 2012

 The following is from a listserv email sent by Councilmember Graham providing details of a shooting incident that happened early this morning (4/6/12) on Princeton Place:

Dear Friends, this morning about 1 AM as many as 3-4 shots were fired on this block. I have spoken to the 4D Commander about this.

It is reported that a masked person on foot fired on two persons who were sitting in their vehicle. One was grazed and the other not insured. Both are adults and not from this area. They state that they were taking a break from helping someone to move. They were able to go to Ga Ave and get police assistance. The MPD shotspotter equipment (which identifies the precise location of shots) was activated.

I am greatly concerned about this. We have not had this kind of walk-by, drive-by shooting in sometime. MPD is on this and it is being actively investigated.

We will provide more as information becomes available.

Councilmember Jim Graham

Additional information from the 4D listerve is below:

On April 6, 2012, just before 1 am, units heard gunshots in the PSA 409 area and while investigating, two victims approached the officers in the 3500 block of Georgia Avenue, NW and reported being shot at while in the 700 block of Princeton Place, NW. One of the victims received a non-life threatening injury, the other victim was not injured.

The suspect lookout is a subject unknown race or sex, 5’2” to 5’3” in height wearing a black shirt, black pants and a black mask.

Anyone with information is asked to call (202) 715-7506 or (202) 727-9099.  If you would like to provide information anonymously please text 50411 or you can call 1-888-919-2746.


Weekend Gunfire and Robberies Disrupt Peace in Park View

January 9, 2012

Officers at the intersection of Newton Place adn 6th Street wrapping up their invesigation of Saturday's gunfire incident

Sadly, among the first things that I awoke to on Saturday morning (1/7/12) were emails inquiring about reported gunfire during the night and asking for details. I quickly learned from the 4D Substation that at 3:12 a.m., they received multiple calls for “sounds of gunshots” in the area of the 600 b/o Newton & 700 b/o Otis Place. At that time police canvassed the area but did not find any possible victim(s), witness(es), property damage or evidence of a weapon being discharged.

That changed as the morning progressed.  In inspecting the area myself in the early afternoon, I found that MPD was wrapping up an investigation of the crime scene where they had tapped off the area and placed cones throughout the area to mark evidence. Ultimately the following was posted on the 4D listserv in response to a request for information.

Units responded and did not find any victim(s), witness(es), property damage or evidence of a weapon being discharged. Later this morning, units discovered that a vehicle had been damaged from bullet holes in the 3500 block of 6th Street. Detectives are trying to determine a motive for the incident. If anyone has information, please call 1-888-919-CRIM(E).

Bullet hole in Dodge Durango parked at 6th and Newton

Further still, Saturday ended as it began, with violent criminal activity in the community. Again according to the 4D listserv, “on Saturday night, the Fourth District experienced multiple robberies in a short period of time.”  There was one around 10:30 p.m. on the unit block of Kennedy. In Park View, there were two, one around 11 p.m. on the 700 b/o Rock Creek Church Road and one shortly before midnight on the 700 b/o Newton Place. Below are the MPD descriptions of the Park View robberies.

Shortly after 11 PM, two complainants were walking in the 700 block of Rock Creek Church Road, NW, when they were approached by three subjects. The first suspect displayed a handgun and demanded the complainant’s property. The suspect obtained the first complainant’s property. The second suspect demanded the other complainant’s property, who complied. The suspects then fled the location. The third suspect stood as a lookout during the robbery. The lookout for suspect # 1 is a black male, 5’10”, 20-25 years old, 150 lbs, black clothing, black ski masks; suspect # 2 is a black male, 6’4″, 160-170 lbs, light complexion, think build, ski mask, wearing a gray sweatshirt and light colored jeans; suspect # 3 was described only as a black male wearing dark clothing.

Shortly before midnight, two complainants were in the 700 block of Newton Place, NW, when they were approached by two subjects. Suspect # 1 asked the first complainant a question and then punched the complainant. Suspect # 1 then told the second complainant to get on the ground and brandished a handgun. Both complainants gave their property to the suspects. The suspects then fled the area on foot. The lookout for suspect # 1 is a black male, 18-19 years old, 5’10”-6″, 155-170 lbs, dark complexion, think build, wearing black clothing. Suspect # 2 is a black male, 18-19 years old, 5’8″-5’9″, 160-175 lbs, dark complexion, wearing all black clothing.

Anyone with information regarding these robberies is urged to call 1-888-919-CRIM[E]

MPD is scheduled to have a representative (most likely Commander Missouri) at Wednesday’s ANC 1A Meeting to discuss the recent police redistricting and answer questions about this change impacts police service in our area. It will be an excellent opportunity to inquire about what this weekend’s crime events mean and how MPD plans to respond.


Shooting at Georgia & New Hampshire Ave. NW Early This Morning (1/1/12)

January 1, 2012

At 11:00 a.m. this morning, Commander Missouri of the Fourth Police District sent out the following on the 4D listserv

A short time ago, Third District units were notified of a gunshot victim who is reporting being shot around 2am today near Ga and New Hampshire Avenues NW. The victim has a non-life threatening injury. Fourth District units are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-888-919-CRIM(E).

Readers may recall that the last shooting incident at this intersection occurred at 1 a.m. on December 5, 2009. It was later discovered that it was the result of events that occurred at Sweet Mango, leading to a temporary suspension of their liquor license. There are no details at this time linking the shooting to area businesses open for New Year’s celebrations.


Four Shot, One Fatally, Near Gresham Place & Georgia Avenue

June 26, 2011

The Washington Post reports that not everything was peace, order, and calm along the Georgia Avenue corridor yesterday. Shortly after 5 p.m. near the intersection of Gresham Place and Georgia Avenue, one man was fatally shot and three others were wounded. Three of the four victims were from outside the neighborhood.

Assistant D.C. Police Chief Diane Groomes stated that the shooting had no connection to the DC Caribbean Parade, which was largely over by that time. MPD reports that nearly 20 shell casings from at least two guns were recovered as well as one firearm on Gresham Place.

You can read the full Washington Post article here.

Additional coverage, including interviews with residents and Assistant Chief Groomes, can be found at Click on the image below to read that report and see the accompanying video.


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