07 August 2007

1 Suspect Arrested in Last Week's Edgewood Terrace Shootings; Police Search for Another

Police are still looking for a second suspect in the shooting that wounded seven - including three children. From MPD:
Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced today that an arrest has been made in connection with the July 28, 2007 shootings at 625 Edgewood Street, NE. Seven people were wounded, including three children, when at least two men fired into a group. None of the injuries was life threatening

A warrant was issued for 23-year-old Marquette Dugar, of the 600 block of Edgewood Street, NE. He has been charged with Assault With a Dangerous Weapon in connection with the shootings. At approximately 10:20 this morning, Monday, August 6, 2007, Mr. Dugar surrendered himself to detectives at the department's Fifth District located at 1805 Bladensburg Road, NE.

Immediately after the shootings, Chief Lanier increased foot, horse-mounted and canine patrols. "Today's arrest was due to the hard work of detectives who are piecing together clues and continue to canvass the neighborhood. As always, we count on residents to come forward with any information they have."

Fifth District detectives are continuing their investigation in an effort to identify and locate any other person or persons in connection with this case. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099 or the department's Crime Solvers Unit at 1-800-673-2777.

If a caller provides information through Crime Solvers that leads to an arrest and indictment, he/she will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Beef or no beef? You decide:
Lanier and others declined to say whether there is an ongoing rivalry within the neighborhood, though residents say they hear gunfire most nights.

The night before the shooting, there was so much gunplay in Edgewood Terrace that "it was like Iraq," said Karlyn Jones, 52, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1999. Asked how often she hears bullets, Jones replied, "If I get one free night, I'm doing good."

Cmdr. Jennifer Greene, who heads the 5th Police District, said residents in the housing complex tend to identify themselves by which building they live in -- 601 or 611 Edgewood St. But she said she has not seen prolonged internal tension between them.

1 comment:

  1. From the WaPo:

    "Anytime you have somebody who will shoot into a crowd when they know young people are there, it is an extremely serious problem," Fenty said.

    May I nominate this for "Understatement of the Year?"


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