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.
September 14, 2010
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May 10, 2009
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.
February 25, 2009
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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.
February 2, 2009
Some news regarding the violence in Columbia Heights:
- An arrest was made in the murder of Paul Jones, the suspect is being charged with murder in the second degree. Jones was murdered three weeks ago on the 13oo block of Columbia Road. Lafonte Lurie Carlton, the suspect, was also charged with another murder, that of Derrell Goins on December 10th at Champlain and Kalorama Road NW.
- I don’t want to bury the lead here, so here’s another important wrinkle to this story: the WaPo reports that Carlton pleaded guilty to a murder as a juvenile in 2006 and some how got out of jail in 2 years. Now that’s a failing of our juvenile detention system right there.
- The homeless man who was assaulted on Tuesday night has died of the injuries he sustained during the attack. Two suspects have already been arrested, charged with aggravated assault. I expect the charges will change to murder.
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.
January 25, 2009
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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.
January 13, 2009
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.
January 2, 2009
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.