As gunfire erupted outside her apartment in Northwest D.C., a woman was in a terrifying situation. Recounting the harrowing moments, she revealed to FOX 5 that one person died in the shooting. In the aftermath of the tragedy, concerned neighbours are now looking towards District leaders for reassurance on how they intend to improve community safety.
In a bustling area of Northwest D.C., a homicide occurred during daylight hours, prompting a police investigation. The incident took place near a business district and has caused concern among the local community.
According to the Metropolitan Police, they are currently searching for a pair of men who were spotted fleeing the location on 7th Street, Northwest, specifically between Kennedy and Longfellow Streets, at approximately 1:30 p.m.
A resident who had a bullet enter her apartment shared her experience with FOX 5. However, she opted not to reveal her identity or show her face, citing concerns over her safety. According to her, she was outside her unit when the gunshots were fired.
According to FOX 5, she shared that the incident had frightened her to the point where she hastily ran away.
After the police arrived, the woman went back to her apartment but soon after, there was a knock on her door.
During the investigation, a detective asked to examine the window where the bullet had hit. Initially, the resident was baffled, as she believed that the shot had only affected the first floor. However, upon approaching the window, she was shocked to discover that her window had also been hit. “I was like ‘oh my gosh’,” she said, realizing the severity of the situation.
During the shooting incident, not only was her apartment damaged, but also a window of another neighbor was hit, and a different neighbor’s vehicle was struck by bullets.
There were no physical injuries sustained by any bystanders. However, one of the neighbors residing on the same block was affected emotionally by the incident.
In a trembling voice, she expressed her fear, “It’s terrifying. You hear about the high crime rates, and you think that you’ll never be in that situation. But when it does happen, and you find yourself right in the middle of it, all you can hear is the sound of gunfire ringing out.”
According to the authorities, a gray sweatshirt was worn by one of the two men who fled the area, while the other was dressed in a red sweatshirt.
Amidst the recent crime wave in Washington D.C., another disturbing incident has come to light. As per the latest statistics shared by the Metropolitan Police Department, there has been a staggering 38% surge in homicides this year as compared to the last. This marks yet another violent incident in what has been a year filled with such instances. The city has witnessed a concerning increase in crime rates and it is imperative to take necessary measures to ensure the safety of the residents.
According to ANC Commissioner Carson Lucarelli, there is some hope, but the situation can be quite frustrating.
As the ANC commissioner for the region, Lucarelli often receives feedback from concerned neighbors who seek effective solutions. According to him, this specific stretch of Kennedy Street has witnessed a significant influx of resources, investment, and enhancements aimed at bolstering safety measures.
Lucarelli and the community are mourning the loss of life that occurred on Saturday. However, they remain optimistic that the new police leadership will take action towards implementing effective strategies to ensure public safety and restore a sense of security, particularly in areas that have a history of violence.
Lucarelli acknowledged that the MPD is familiar with the difficulties faced by the community and has allocated resources accordingly. However, she emphasized the need for greater focus on areas where gun violence and loss of life have been prevalent. “It is crucial that we prioritize these hotspot locations and take strong measures to address the issue,” she added.
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