Last night, at approximately 7 pm, police were called to the 1400 block of V street following gun shots. They observed the suspect and pursued him on foot. They caught him trying to dump the gun and arrested him, recovering the gun. I walked by here maybe 30 minutes earlier, and saw a ton of police at 14th and W, wondering what happened. I don’t know if these incidents are related, but I’m really sick of reading about stuff like this going down: maybe it’s my other gig making me more aware. But it seems like in the past few weeks there has been a lot of disheartening news.

Apologies for me not posting this when it happened, so it’s not news to many: but all charges have been dropped against the DC9 employees that were accused of aggravated assault in relation to the death of Ali Ahmed Mohammed. This looks pretty bad for MPD, in my mind, they shouldn’t have charged anyone with anything until more details came out. Of course, MPD says this doesn’t mean that the (now former) employees won’t be charged again once the Medical Examiner report comes out.

Also, there were some rumors via their Facebook page that they would reopen this weekend: however, as I reported on DCist: it’s not so. They just did a bad job being clear on their page – they were promoting the opening of Red Palace on H Street NE (same owners).

Scene of the crime, courtesy of Maverick1303

Around 11:40 last night MPD officers heard gun shots in the 9th and Westminster area (Westminster is between T and S between 10th and 9th Streets). They found a man suffering from gun shot wounds and transported him to the hospital. The victim was later pronounced dead.

There has been a disturbing amount of violence in the U street area in the past month or so. I don’t know why this up tick in violence is happening but it really concerns me.

UPDATE: Police have identified the victim as 24-year-old Ronald Johnson of Northeast DC.

This isn’t really news you want to wake up to (understatement of the year?). Last night, a man, after being refused entry to DC9 (9th and U) smashed the window of the club with a brick. MPD says that three to five people came out of DC9 and severely beat the man. He was found around 2:30 in the morning, taken to the hospital and declared dead.

UPDATE: There are reports that 5 employees of DC9 have been charged in relation to the murder. Looks like the club will be closed for the near future.

UPDATE 2: The owner of DC9 and four employees have been arrested and charged with second degree murder. I’m shocked. Police identified the victim as 27-year-old Ali Ahmed Mohammed, of Silver Spring. DC9 will be closed at least tonight and for up to 96 hours.

But that’s not it. DCist reports: “DC9 employees are disputing Lanier’s statement. NBCWashington.com filmed this statement from DC9 employee and witness Damon Dixon, who also said that none of the people who were arrested “have [it] in them” to assault someone the way Lanier described. Former D.C. Council candidate Bryan Weaver tweets that a friend who was at the club last night told him that the man was “alive and in MPD custody for at least 45 minutes.”

Between what U Street Cafe is tweeting and MPD’s Third District daily crime report (scroll down to the fourth to last entry), we can cobble together some information about what happened Sunday morning. U Street Cafe was robbed before they opened, according to MPD a little after 5 am. They identify the method as “2,” classifying it as a 2nd Degree Burglary, meaning the burglar was not in contact with the victim. I’m not sure what this means but I hope everyone at U Street Cafe is doing well and that MPD can catch the burglar.

UPDATE: Not surprisingly, Sommer Mathis from TBD was able to the leg-work reporting on this. A suspect or suspects entered through the back entrance and stole $200 from the cash register. They may have had a key, as there was no evidence of forced entry. Nothing else was taken.

Though I have to take exception on her characterization of the 1300 block of U Street as “no stranger to crime” based on one other robbery 2 years ago.

You have to congratulate MPD: they have made an arrest regarding last Wendesday’s shooting in Adams Morgan. 17-year-old Robert Givens was arrested and charged as an adult, with first degree murder in connection with the murder of 19-year-old Sean Robinson.

They also made a second arrest in the June homicide of Victor Chigoziri MBA-Jonas Jr in Adams Morgan. They arrested 18 year-old Nathan Dwayne Headspeath, who was charged with first degree murder.

DCist also has some interesting information about the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, and their connection with a lot of young men who have been involved in shootings this year.

MPD has made an arrest in the murder of Victor Chigoziri MBA-Jonas, Jr., age 20, who was shot on the 2500 block of 17th street (around the corner from Harris Teeter) on June 27th and died of his injuries last week. MPD arrested Torain Devon Adams, an 18-year-old male from Northwest, DC yesterday morning and charged him with murder in the first degree.

I’m glad MPD was able to arrest a suspect in this murder, my thoughts go out to Victor’s family and friends.