We have been consulting with our Security firm and with the police to get all the facts regarding the incident that happened this weekend. Thank you for your email. We are also copying Councilmember Graham. This is what we have been told by our guards and the police thus far:So what do you think? Passing the buck, or an appropriate response?
Our Security Company guards were patrolling when they heard gunshots fired at 14th and Fairmont near the BP gas station—outside of our property line. They notified DCMP. They saw two armed men shooting at each other. One man was hit and the other man ran. We have been informed that the shooter went into 1401 Fairmont (this is not our property) and came back outside the building, when our guards pursued him as he went into the backside of 1375 Fairmont (The New Amsterdam, which is also not our property). They apprehended the suspect in the alley behind the New Amsterdam and took him to Faircliff where they met the police. Two arrests were made, neither of them residents of Faircliff Plaza East.
One of the two men was shot in the hand, we are told. When the DCMP and our guards tried to prevent the injured shooter from leaving, some members of a certain family who are residents of Faircliff started to confront the police and our guards. We know this family and currently they are under notice for eviction for other offenses. Our court date with them for this eviction is this Friday, August 22.
We couldn’t agree with you more that it is totally unacceptable to assault officers and guards. Our guards are to be commended for pursuing and apprehending shooters who were in the neighborhood, not on our property. Lt Pearce of DCMP says that she greatly appreciates our efforts in the community and that our security guards are of great help to her in her efforts. In fact, had it not been for the outstanding efforts of our security company guards, who risked their lives; the criminals would not have been caught.
We continue to coordinate our efforts on a daily basis with DCMP, management and our security; in addition we have a monthly meeting with representatives to re-enforce these efforts. Our officers work at least 48 hours per week on a nightly rotation. We have placed a security guard in a marked car at the entrance of Faircliff Plaza East who is there nightly. We have added an officer for additional patrol during the day.
I again appreciate your concern about the neighborhood and concern of our residents. We share the same concerns. We diligently pursue any resident who does not abide by the laws of D.C. or the rules of HUD for subsidized housing and we aggressively evict violators, whenever the courts allow us to do so.
Again thank you for all your support and efforts in ensuring that the community remains a place all can live, an interest we all share.
Together We Can,
E. Neicy Jones, HCCP
Eagle Point Management
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Faircliff management responds
The Faircliff Plaza East at 1350 Fairmont St NW, one of the complexes near Saturday's shootings, is often tagged as having violent residents and being poorly managed. Here's their management's statement on the shooting: