City Desk

Assistant Chief Groomes on the Petworth Shootings

Tonight I spoke briefly with Asst. Police Chief Diane Groomes, who offered a couple new details on this weekend's spate of shootings in Petworth.

First, good news for the man left in critical condition after the shooting Friday night on Marlboro Place.  Groomes reports that the victim—who was shot in the head—is showing signs of improvement.

"He's making a little progress—thanks goodness he's pulling through," Groomes said.  "We're hoping for a recovery."

As of this evening, no one is in custody.  And as for suspects, here's all Groomes could tell us:

"It was several black males who opened fire.  Some witnesses say there were two, some say there were three...some say there were six.  Right now we've got a general lookout."

Groomes was reluctant to speculate on a precise relation between the Marlboro attacks, the shootout on Crittenden, and the homicide on the 4500 block of Georgia Avenue.

"We will do a link analysis of all bullets and casings, and I can't say right now if there's a connection."

We're wondering why that link analysis still hasn't been done.  9mm shells were found on both scenes.

Bottom line: we'll keep you updated.  Hopefully the "saturation of Fourth District patrols" will keep things quiet.  "We're going for a lot of jumpouts, a lot of visibility," Groomes said.

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ALSO OF NOTE: On the MPD-4D message board, Keith Jarrell announces a neighborhood round-table to "discuss the need for stronger legislation and additional city resources."

Join us to discuss the spike in gun violence and a long sought after resolve with Councilmember Phil Mendelson, Chairmen of the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary.  The meeting is to seek ideas from the community on what added measures need to be taken to assist the MPD in their ever-challenging endeavor to rid our streets of illegal guns and the crime associated with them.

Join us in the Community Room at the Metropolitan Police Department:

Fourth District Station
6001 Georgia Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20011
6:45PM Wednesday 12th November

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