I've been hearing more about this lately, both from the news, commenters here, and from friends. For example, I was at the Red Derby yesterday and a buddy came in, saying he had just talked to a few cops who said a lot of stuff had gone down at the gas station at 14th and Otis recently, stabbings and such. I'm guessing these are the same incidents in the articles - stabbings and a possible increase in gang activity there, shown by an increase in graffiti. As always, I recommend calling any gang graffiti into the city's Service Request Center (call 311 or src.dc.gov), especially gang-related. Letting your councilmember know (Jim Graham for most of us) is probably useful, or if you have a local MPD officer's phone number or email, that too.
Anyone else notice this kind of crime up there? I've sort of been of the theory that if you aren't in a gang, they probably won't mess with you as they don't want even more police attention, which seems to especially be the case with the Latin American gangs. Anyone else?