We Love DC is reporting that Julia Bachleitner, the woman who was hit by a drunk driver last week in Adams Morgan, has died. Ms. Bachleitner was 26 and a native of Austria. She was a student at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. This is horrible news, my thoughts are with her friends and family.

Here’s a quick round-up of crime in the ‘hood:

  • You’ve probably heard about the shooting on the 1200 block of Clifton on Thursday, where two victims were shot, though not critically.
  • There was a fatal stabbing on 14th and Otis early Sunday morning.

Let’s just hope that the warmer weather doesn’t see more violence.

MPD’s 3rd district listserv reports that there was a murder on Georgia Ave and Gresham Place at approximately 6 pm tonight. According to MPD a group of males got in a fight, and one of the males sustained injuries that required medical care. He died at the hospital from his injuries.

It’s not known what injuries the victim sustained or if this was gang-related. Let’s hope MPD continues their track record of making speedy arrests following violent incidents on our streets.

UPDATE: Jim Graham, via PoP, notifies us that the murder on Georgia and Gresham Place was a stabbing. Additionally, there was another shooting on the 1300 block of Columbia Road last night, where an innocent bystander was shot during a gun fight. The bystander’s injuries do not seem to be life threatening (she was shot in the leg after a bullet penetrated the car she was sitting in). This is following Paul Jones’s murder on that block last month.

UPDATE 2: WaPo identifies the victim as Chiagbanwe Ukaoma, 22.

Some news regarding the violence in Columbia Heights:

I’m glad that MPD seems to be doing such a good job making timely arrests on these murders. However, I’m sure many share the sentiment that I wish there were no murders to solve.

DCist alerted me to yet another shooting in Columbia Heights, this one around 8 pm last night at 15th and Fuller. Two men were shot in the abdomen and both are in critical condition. MPD indicates that the victims were Hispanic males and the shooting was an attempted robbery. Councilman Jim Graham seems to have more information on the details of the shooting:

Apparently the shooters knocked on the door at a house on Fuller that sells products from El Salvador. Something happened and two people were shot, one in eth [sic] leg and one in the side. They then left in Honda truck…Both victims are in stable condition at Medstar.

This violence appears to not be gang related.

Last night, near the Columbia Heights recreation center (at the 140o block of Girard), a teenager was shot and wounded in a hail of bullets. At about 7:30 pm, the teen and other people outside of the recreation center were approached by gunmen, at least one in a ski mask. The gunmen then opened fire with no warning.

In the Washington Post article, Jim Graham is quoted as saying the shooting is most likely gang related, though doesn’t seem to give any reason why.

That block of Columbia Heights has seen a lot of violence, in the summer of 2007 it seemed like there was a shooting there every week. I had a friend who lived on the block and often he had to tell the police that he lived there, and could he please get to his apartment, because it was so often blocked off by police tape.

Isn’t it great though, that the Washington Post is writing about this incident, where no one was killed and the most severe injury (from what I can tell) was a thumb wounded by a bullet, and neglects to do barely any reporting on the fatal shooting over the weekend (I’m sorry, that article doesn’t count). I don’t understand how local news works sometimes, why does the Post see this incident as more worthy to cover? I can cobble my news together from blogs, listservs, and local news outlets and sometimes get a good sense of what’s happening in my neighborhood and surrounding ones. Sometimes I can’t. I really wish there were better coverage of my neighborhood. If there’s some news source that does it well, I’m all ears.

UPDATE: I’m calling out the Washington Post even more on this. They did some crappy reporting on that article. First of all, they didn’t interview Jim Graham, they just took a statement from a press release he issued and made it seem as though they had interviewed him. They did the same thing with a quotation from MPD officer Edward Delgado, taking a statement he had posted on the 3rd district listserv and representing as if they had spoken to him directly. Additionally, they seem to have taken parts of WJLA’s story on the shooting Friday night and represented as if they had interviewed these people on their own. They both interview a witness named Siobhan Gavagan and use the same quotation about her hiding under a car during the shooting. Shame on you, Washington Post reporters, for your sloppy, and in some parts, dishonest reporting.

Enjoying being able to sleep in after not getting much sleep the night before, I wasn’t exactly happy to wake up to this from DCist: a little after 4 pm yesterday a man was stabbed on 12th and U – you know that’s practically outside my front door. I was at a movie at the time downtown.

The victim is in stable condition and police are investigating. I don’t know, when I moved to this neighborhood nearly 2 years ago, I wasn’t facing this kind of violence outside of my front door. I know it’s the city, and I’m not living in Friendship Heights, but this really has been a little too much for me to handle.

In an article detailing the arrest of two teens in connection with the Columbia Heights stabbing homicide Friday, the Washington Post references court documents as naming the stabbing as MS-13 related. The victim was ambushed by a group of teens, and then beaten, kicked, and ultimately stabbed to death.

So suspicions confirmed, at least one of the four murders in the past few days was gang related, though the connections still remain fuzzy.

DCist reports that there has been an arrest made in the stabbing in front of the U street metro station on Saturday. The Washington Post reports that the stabbing stemmed from an argument outside of Republic Gardens and that security cameras at the metro station aided in the arrest. The article also reports that more arrests may be made in connection to the stabbing.

I’m glad to see arrests being made so quickly on the violence that has ravaged the area in the past few days. Kudos to police for moving quickly. Don’t I wish though, that the violence hadn’t happened in the first place.

The Washington Blade, via DCist, has identified the murder victim on 11th and Q last night as Durval V. Martins, a gay man. He was shot multiple times and all of his valuables were found on him.

This comes at a time of not only heightened violence in the area, but violence against gays, especially in the Shaw and Logan Circle areas. In the past few months…

Not only does there seem to be increased gang violence, the number of hate crimes against the gay community have increased as well. Now, no motive has a been established for the murder victim at 11th and Q, but for some reason I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he happened to be gay.