02 May 2006

Shootings Last Night in Truxton Circle - Community Meeting Tomorrow, May 3rd

Short blurb from WaPo (scroll to the bottom).

E-mail verbatim from Commissioner Cleopatra Jones to neighborhood listservs, including Truxton Circle's Daily Dispatch:
Good-morning Constituents;

Approximately about 9:45 PM last night 1st street, between Q & O MPD taped off the streets and the area was flooded with police to include an evidence team and flood lights. MPD remained on site throughout the night until wee hours of the morning and at this writing the area remains taped off, while the MPD continues its investigation. I have made follow up calls throughout the night and until this writing I have spoken with several officials and have learned that there was a shooting and a homicide. I will be continuing to monitor this situation and keep you informed.

In addition I am concerned with the frequency of shootings in this area for which we must not accept as a way of life. It is time for action and not continuous discussions. We must not accept these ongoing shootings as a way of life. We as residents need to take a proactive approach to improve our community and rid the criminal activities that are operating freely. We must unite to show solidarity to bring about changes that affects all of us now!

We must demand that the DC Government, Elected officials and MPD be responsible for providing resources and manpower to combat the criminal elements that are eating away at the fiber of this community. The time for action is now not ongoing discussions. Our quality of life continues to be jeopardize and the public safety remains at high risk.

I am continuously monitoring this situation and will update you accordingly.

Just me,
Cleopatra Jones,
Commissioner ANC5C02
(202) 635-2850
(202) 234-4225 fax

In response, PSA 501 has postponed their planned Wednesday walkthrough in order to have a meeting on the recent events in the area:
Due to recent events located in PSA 501 our planned Wednesday walkthrough initially scheduled to began at First and O streets NW @ 6:30 PM will be deferred to offer Capt. M. Scott and Lt. Welch an opportunity to share vital information concerning emerging activities in the community. The Captain will address these issues and neighborhood concerns at the Margaret Murray Washington, Career Senior High School, 27 O Street NW, Room 100, May 3rd @ 6:30 pm. Please plan to attend.

Other Crime Prevention Information: You may meet and talk with your assigned Lt. at your monthly scheduled neighborhood PSA Community Meetings. For meeting information visit the [MPD] on-line at http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/ or the Fifth District here.

You may also contact the Fifth District's Community Outreach Coordinator Fayette Vaughn-Lee for meeting schedules on (202) 698-0188 or e-mail her at fayette.vaughn-lee@dc.gov.

Patrol Service Area 501
Lt. Ronald- Wright-ronald.wright@dc.gov
Lt. Dean Welch- dean.welch@dc.gov

Patrol Service Area 502
Lt. Gregory Stroud- gregory.stroud@dc.gov

Patrol Service Area 503
Lt. Corinne Hughes- corinne.Hughes@dc.gov

Patrol Service Area 504
Lt. Judith Anderson- judith.Anderson@dc.gov

Patrol Service Area 505
Lt. Anthony Medoro- anthony.medoro@dc.gov

5D Community Outreach Coordinator
Fayette Vaughn-Lee- fayette.vaughn-lee@dc.gov

Update: The shooting in the 1400 block of First Street resulted in homicide (see reference in Commissioner Berry's e-mail in the post above).

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