As you may have heard, last night there was a shooting near the corner of 14th and Fairmont Street NW. I heard at least a dozen shots fired as I was enjoying dinner with friends in their backyard. After hearing the shots, I ran out into the 1300 block of Fairmont Street NW and observed a small group of people running from 14th Street and onto the 1300 block of Fairmont Street. Additional people were pouring out of the Faircliff East Apartment complex and into Fairmont Street. As the police arrived, about 50 people (including many of the residents of the Faircliff East complex) confronted the officers.Pretty crazy. Here's MPD Chief Cathy Lanier's response:
This mob verbally and physically harassed and threatened these officers as they attempted to chase down one of the gunmen that ran into the alley between the 1300 block of Fairmont and Girard streets. One member of this mob even raised a bat to threaten the officers. Several people were eventually arrested, including at least two that are residents of Faircliff East Apartments. As I watched this all unfold, I realized that this mob appeared to be trying to distract the officers so that the shooter could escape from the police.
As you stated, the officers and security were there when the shooting took place and apprehended the gunman and the guns used. You are correct in that the crowd did attack the officers and three additional people were arrested. We continue to add officers and enforce the laws as aggressively as we can. We will need all the community support we can get to keep these violent offenders off the streetThe rest of the thread talks about other issues in that area, like vandalism and drug dealing, and MPD and Councilman Graham saying they're going to get more police, talk to apartment building managers, and so on. And at least they caught some people. Anybody have any personal experiences of the shooting?