This isn’t really the post I wanted to write, apologies for being absent – my life has been a bit crazy lately.

If you haven’t heard, there was a shooting yesterday afternoon at the corner of 14th and V. Two young men, Marquette Hunter, 19, and Devon Norace, 20, were shot in the leg/ankle area in what appears to be a drive-by-shooting that was related. Police are reportedly looking for a dark blue, late model Honda or Camry in connection with the shooting.

The area was shutdown for a few hours yesterday afternoon for the investigation, but since then everything has been reopened. I will update if more information becomes available.

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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.

There was a shooting on the 2500 block of Mozart Place in Adams Morgan Wednesday night around 9:15. Dave Stroup has been live tweeting on the scene, 1 adult male was taken to the hospital and died from his injuries. Dave has really been doing an excellent job reporting this story.

I will update as more information as available.

There has been very few violence in our neighborhood so far, so unfortunately I had a feeling that something might happen soon. MPD has only announced that there was a shooting at the 2400 block of 17th street (right near the Harris Teeter), with no more information on the victim’s condition, identity, or any other details about the crime. I’ll update as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: DCist is reporting that police reports say two black males — one six-foot with dreads in a white tank and blue jeans, the second in non-descript dark clothing shot a yet unidentified victim.

UPDATE 2: Prince of Petworth also heard from MPD that the victim is an adult male who is in critical condition.

Friday at 2 am, a man was fatally stabbed on the 9th street, between U and T.  Thanks to MPD, a suspect has already been arrested. The victim was identified as 40-year-old Assefaw Teweld Hagos of  Silver Spring. This is one of the first murders I’ve had to write about in 2010, and while I’m sorry to hear that the victim died, I’m glad that MPD was able to arrest the suspect so quickly.

According to MPD’s listserv (which you apparently need to be a member of to view the messages now – so sorry you’ll have to log in to see the post) there was a shooting at 11th and Florida/Sherman Ave around 4 am (I assume this morning). The victim is an adult male, and has been transported to a hospital. MPD provided no more information about his condition.

You know, this is enough. MPD is reporting a child was shot and fatally wounded at 1400 Columbia Road last night. I certainly heard all of the helicopters starting around 10 pm. I knew something bad had happened. This is horrible.

Jim Graham has more information:

“Just before 10 PM, a nine year old boy was shot dead in the presumed safety of his apartment at 1433 Columbia Road. At this time, it appears that there was some kind of fight in the hallway, shots were fired, one of which entered the apartment and killed this boy. I have the name of the boy (who happens to be Latino) but I am not releasing it since I do not know whether the entire family has been notified.

Chief Lanier and Mayor Fenty–who were both on the scene– stated that there are persons in custody.”

I guess that’s good at least? Before I even saw this I could figure it was crossfire that this kid was caught in. I am so disgusted.

UPDATE: Three persons of interest were questioned in relation to the murder, but MPD has announced no arrest, says WaPo.

UDPATE 2: The child has been identified as Oscar Fuentes. His family said that the locks on the apartment building’s front door had been broken for months. The family also believes MS 13 might have been involved in the shooting.