|Attendance up at public safety committee|
Guthrie told the committee the first shooting occurred on September 12 at 8:53pm, near the corner of 14th Street and Riggs Place NW. Police are classifying it as an assault with a deadly weapon. There were multiple gunshots, and two vehicles were struck. A 45-year-old man was shot in the buttocks. The man has been interviewed but police cannot release details. There are no suspects or known motives. Police are seeking cooperative witnesses.
See a Washington Post report on this first incident here.
Second incident: 9/17, 13th and R
The second incident occurred at 7:22pm on September 17 on the 1700 block of 13th Street, at the corner of R Street. There were multiple gunshots but no victims. Two parked cars were hit by gunfire. One car had a windshield destroyed. The shooter, the intended target, and the motive are all unknown. Contrary to online rumors, it is not certain if the shooting was drive-by or by a pedestrian.
A revolver was recovered near the crime scene under a parked car. It is being sent for analysis to recover fingerprints and/or DNA.
This same revolver was being examined to see if this incident and the September 12th incident were connected. It will take about two weeks to get ballistics results.
There is no evidence that the second incident is gang-related, but it cannot be completely ruled out.
There is a nearby on-street video camera on 13th Street which may provide some useful information. A request to view video from the time of the incident has been made. The camera reportedly points away from area where the incident took place.
At the meeting, two members of the public reported their parked car had received dents and scrapes during the second incident. They believed the damage took place when the shooter stood behind the vehicle. It was unclear whether their vehicle had been photographed by the police already.
A resident of the 1400 block of P Street reported he had been in email contact with Third District Commander Jacob Kishter about the second incident. Kishter reportedly said "they had an idea who did this". Kishter also said the motive was a "neighborhood beef" and the police "were looking to make an arrest".
The MPD representatives at the meeting said they could not confirm this, but sometimes senior management has better information than lower-level police.
After the report, the meeting continued with a long discussion on community involvement to reduce gun crimes.
Attendance at the committee meeting was much higher than average due to the shootings.
ANC2F Commissioners leading the meeting were Peter Lallas (district 01) and Chris Linn (district 03).