90RE: [MPD-5D] Shooting last night/Troublesome buildings--What can we do?
- Mar 2, 2005We're showing this a robbery hold up gun at approximately 12:43 a.m. When the complainant advised that he didn't have any money, the suspects (3 b/m's 18-20 years) old, directed him to take off his clothes. The complainant was then told to run and a number of gunshots were fired with none taking effect. One of the suspect vehicles was recovered and is currently being processed. I'll provide additional details as they become available.
Captain Patrick A. Burke
Fifth District, MPDC
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From: baringlake [mailto:baringlake@...]
Sent: Wed 3/2/2005 9:59 AM
Subject: [MPD-5D] Shooting last night/Troublesome buildings--What can we do?
Last night, maybe around 12:30 or 1am, I heard what sounded like
four gunshots, possibly coming from the Rhode Island Ave area.
Subsequently heard police sirens (soon afterwards, so good response
time) and then saw the police helicopter shine a light into the
empty warehouse on Reed St NE.
I have two questions about this possible incident:
1. What information can you give us about the incident? It's scary
to hear gunshots.
2. The empty warehouse on Reed St NE and the apartment building at
10th & Rhode Island NE seem to be rampant with drug and prostitution
activity. I've personally seen prostitutes from the 10th & Rhode
Island NE apartment building walk with men over to the empty
warehouse on Reed St NE, which is not well-secured (a flimsy wire
fence that people can just push aside). Plus, this isn't the first
time I've heard gunshots coming from the 10th & Rhode Island NE
area, which often has to do with the open-air drug dealing there.
What can we do about this problem? I don't feel like I see enough of
a police presence by the 10th & Rhode Island Ave NE apartment
building (which is in sight of an elementary school--aren't there
harsh drug laws so close to a school?). Plus, is there any way to
increase police presence on Reed St NE and/or to force the owner
(Douglas Development) to better secure that empty warehouse?
I really appreciate that the police have started this list-serve,
and I'm glad I can bring my concerns directly to you. It makes me
feel a lot better about my community.
Thanks for your advice with this problem!
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