Re: [MPD-1D] Seven murdurs, multiple shootings: D.C. Slayings Bring '08 Toll to 72
- In the below article, Fenty said, "We owe this community a more
concentrated effort." How can he say this when he paid for the
funeral of Deonte Rawlings, who shot at police officers before the
officers killed him in self-defense?
Mayor Fenty, stop paying for criminals funerals and then I (a resident
less than a block from the triple shooting this weekend in 5D) will
consider taking your remarks about crime fighting seriously.
On Sun, Jun 1, 2008 at 10:44 AM, bobdc2 <bobdc2@...> wrote:
> Below is an article in the Post that discusses a very violent 24
> period in the district beginning Friday night, some of it occurring in
> D.C. Slayings Bring '08 Toll to 72
> By Allison Klein and David Nakamura
> Washington Post Staff Writers
> Sunday, June 1, 2008; A01
> An overnight spasm of violence in the District ended near dawn
> yesterday with seven men dead and three wounded, including a triple
> slaying after a street argument, a drive-by shooting near an
> elementary school, a deadly domestic dispute and a crap game that
> ended in a fusillade of bullets, police said.
> All the killings, including the slaying of a man found with his throat
> cut in his car near his home, occurred within about a two-mile radius
> in the Trinidad, Marshall Heights and Edgewood Terrace sections of
> Northeast and Southeast Washington, in neighborhoods ranging from
> working-class to tumbledown, where families in neatly kept rowhouses
> live among street-corner loiterers and littered vacant lots.
> One of those killed, a 52-year-old man, was shot by D.C. police after
> he refused to drop a knife during a domestic dispute, authorities said.
> "This can only be described as an unbelievably high level of violent
> crime to take place in a short time," Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) told
> reporters yesterday, standing in the 1100 block of Holbrook Street NE,
> where three victims were killed about 4 a.m. in a hail of 35 shots.
> "We've had some crime sprees, but this has got to be one of the most
> violent days in recent memory, if not ever."
> Eight people were slain in the District in a 24-hour period that began
> June 24, 1993. The violence continued the following day, eventually
> leaving a total of 10 dead in 36 hours. Last Sept. 1 and 2, five
> people were killed in a 24-hour wave of shootings citywide.
> Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, who cut short a personal trip and was
> returning to Washington yesterday, said by phone that police are
> working with the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office and that she
> expects arrests in a few of the weekend cases soon. As of last night,
> one arrest had been made.
> "The cases are still evolving," Lanier said. "We're still interviewing
> people from overnight."
> The weekend slayings, which do not include the police shooting, pushed
> the city's homicide toll to 72 for this year, the first time that the
> 2008 body count has surpassed the number of slayings at the same time
> last year. Five of the killings took place in the 5th Police District,
> home to about 10 percent of the city's population. Crime in that
> Northeast police district has been especially heavy lately: 12
> killings and 38 robberies in March and April, compared with three
> slayings and 17 robberies during the same period last year.
> "We owe this community a more concentrated effort," Fenty said.
> Such efforts have been promised before after similar spates of gun
> violence. Twice in April, the mayor and police officials ordered
> beefed-up patrols in some of the areas besieged this weekend.
> Five people were killed in four days in Northeast beginning April 14.
> Less than two weeks later, a citywide rash of violence left four men
> dead and 11 wounded in a 24-hour span. And in January, four teenagers
> were wounded in a drive-by shooting as classes were letting out at
> Ballou Senior High School in Southeast. Last year, 77 percent of the
> city's 181 killings involved firearms.
> "We do not want to kick off the summer like this," Assistant Police
> Chief Diane Groomes said yesterday. "We need to get the guns out of
> people's hands."
> Late last night, a man was wounded by a gunshot in the back in the
> 3500 block of Warder Street NW, in what appeared to be the latest
> violent act in the District, police said.
> The first incident in the weekend's spasm of violence occurred at 9
> p.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Trinidad Avenue NE, when the
> 52-year-old man was killed during a confrontation with officers.
> Police said they had been called to a home to deal with a domestic
> dispute. The man approached them with a knife and refused to drop it,
> police said. They opened fire. As of last night, his name had not been
> Just before 1 a.m., Shannon Shamar Lewis, 27, a furniture mover, left
> his apartment in the 5300 block of C Street SE in the Marshall Heights
> area, where he lived with his mother, Michelle Lewis, his grandmother
> and one of his three young children.
> The street dips and rises like a shallow V, with the playing fields of
> C.W. Harris Elementary School on one side and single-family houses and
> Urban Outreach Apartments on the other. As Lewis stood waiting, his
> family, in the apartment, heard gunshots.
> "I called 911 and went outside," said the grandmother, who declined to
> give her name. "I looked that way, then someone said to go the other
> way. Shamar was lying in the parking lot."
> Two other men were wounded, one of them critically, in what police
> said was a drive-by shooting.
> Jason A. Dale, 24, of Oxon Hill was charged last night with
> second-degree murder.
> "I saw all the shootings on TV, and I thought, 'Even if they catch
> these people, that won't bring my baby back,' " Lewis's grandmother said.
> About a half-hour after Lewis was killed, police were called to the
> 1100 block of Abbey Place NE, not far from Union Station, where a
> group of men gambling with dice had gotten into a heated argument.
> Gunfire ended the crap game, with the victim shot several times.
> Police did not identify the slain man last night.
> At 2:30 a.m., police said, a man was shot and wounded in his buttock
> at Kenilworth Avenue and Quarles Street NE. He was recovering at a
> hospital yesterday. Then, at 4 a.m., three men were fatally shot after
> an argument on Holbrook Street NE, about a block from the H Street
> corridor, a popular strip of restaurants and nightspots. Police said
> the dispute might have begun in a nightclub. They said 35 shots were
> fired by at least two gunmen with semiautomatic weapons.
> One victim fell dead in an alley, one collapsed in the street and one
> died in a car. Police identified them as Duane Hough, 27, of the 1400
> block of Trinidad Street NE; Anthony Mincey, 35, of the 600 block of
> Morton Street NW; and Johnny Jeter, 24, of the 1700 block of Holbrook.
> "Something personal happened with these guys," said Groomes, adding
> that officers patrolling the area were close enough to the scene that
> they heard the shots.
> Police discovered the final homicide victim about 6 a.m. in the 2400
> block of Fourth Street NE. Lawrence Simmons, 66, was asleep in his
> black Chrysler when someone beat him on the head and cut his throat,
> according to police and family members. Simmons, who lived nearby in
> the 300 block of Channing Street NE, was a friendly man who fixed cars
> and did carpentry in the neighborhood, relatives said.
> "He was a jack-of-all-trades," said his brother, Elmon Simmons, 73.
> Simmons said his brother, who had lived in the neighborhood for 20
> years, liked to sleep in his car on warm nights. He said he did not
> know who would have wanted to kill his brother. "He didn't have any
> enemies," Elmon Simmons said.
> On C Street, where the drive-by shooting occurred, Tamy McBride, 39,
> said she returned home from a cocktail lounge about 2 a.m. and found
> her neighborhood cordoned off by police. They initially refused to let
> her pass but then relented, she said. She saw clothes lying in the
> street and a cluster of detectives standing nearby.
> "I am concerned," McBride said. "I just thanked God right there. I
> said, 'Thank you for saving me.' "
> Staff writers Aaron C. Davis and Clarence Williams contributed to this