Monday, August 18, 2008

More on Saturday's shooting

I heard a bit more about the shooting, via the commenter jeff d, who cites the South Columbia Heights Yahoo group (which you have to join to see). Here it is:
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.

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.
Pretty crazy. Here's MPD Chief Cathy Lanier's response:
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 street
The 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?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Aren't you glad that Jim Graham keeps protecting this crack heads... They need to bulldoze the faircliff buildings.

Anonymous said...

Faircliffs Apts is the problem. CM Graham always sides with the owner there is his effort to protect affordable housing. The management probably does an OK job on the physical management of things but the bottom line is that they never enforce evictions of criminals, felons etc...that corner needs to be shut down and rebuilt as mixed income or a parking garage for all I care. Its a nightmare. Our tax dollars pay for it. How messed up is that. I never though living in DC would turn me into a republican but it has. All this government subsidy is killing folks, literally, in CH. And good luck to those of you in North CH near the Cavalier. The same owner, Somerset, is taking that over and its ever bigger than Faircliffs so expect twice as many problems!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, of course it is the evil gentrifiers who want to open wine bars who are the problem in CH, not the scum who try to stop the police from protecting them. Insane. Section 8 housing is a disaster especially such a large concentration in just a few blocks. It would be great to see that stretch broken up with a few of the buildings becoming market-rate apartments with ground-floor commercial space (the only thing keeping 14th from being a truly thriving commercial district is that 4-5 block stretch of unmitigated violence).

Anonymous said...

FYI: There's a meeting of the South Columbia Heights Neighborhood Association at the Josephine Butler Parks Center at 2437 15th St, NW on Wednesday 8/20 at 7pm, where this incident will be discussed. CM Jim Graham and Cathy Lanier will be there as will Neicy Jones, who is the regional manager of the Faircliffs. It'd would really be great if as many people as possible came.

Anonymous said...

Scum. Scum. I hate those people to be perfectly honest. Bulldoze the building now.

Anonymous said...

Scum. Scum. I hate those people to be perfectly honest. Bulldoze the building now.

Anonymous said...

i wish we had a video of this scene. don't police have cameras in their cars. can we do a FOIA request to get some of this footage. you can write about this all you want, but i honestly think change could occur if you have a good video of a mob with bats hitting cops so that a shooter can get away.

Anonymous said...

There's some less drastic options to consider especially since that building is the home to a lot of people, not just those that might get rowdy.

How about starting with installing some very bright lighting on that corner and in that area. It's extremely dark there at night.

A neighbor.

Anonymous said...

Agree that section 8 housing is bad for all involved here(save the drug dealer, perhaps). For the sake of community members new and old, mixed-income housing should be seriously considered.

Anonymous said...

Video of the aftermath:

http://www.princeofpetworth.com/?p=3619

Anonymous said...

This is clearly the result of legalizing guns in DC. I'm sure the gun that the upstanding citizen shooter was using was registered and in compliance with DC's law prohibiting semiautomatic weapons.

Anonymous said...

Only problem with raizing those buildings is that it would increase our rents for those of us not yet home owners.

Yet there is a part of me that likes the idea, especially if it were to occur during the day, you know, when all the residents are working at their jobs or in school.

liria said...

this website is despicable and the comments of what i'm assuming are new columbia heights residents even more so.

do any of you know families in faircliff? sounds like a like of presumptive bullshit from folks making a b-line for the target right out of the metro and then off to their condos or group houses.

i know lots of folks that have grown up in faircliff, gone to university and come back to CH to make positive changes through layc, centronia or as teachers at bell or cardozo.

if you don't like the neighborhood and think that your class, presumed knowledge or entitlement gives you the right to raze people's homes or address an entire community of people as "they"....then frankly, MOVE.

Andrew said...

Hey, I posted what other people said. I allow anyone to comment here, and I don't control what they say. I choose to live here because I like it, and this incident does not change that.