City Desk

Our Morning Roundup: Which Ward Has Heard The Most Gunshots?

Barry Farm Re(mixed) praises a local dance troupe that gained fame(?) on a reality show: "I'm sad to say that I didn't get a chance to watch America's Best Dance Crew on Sunday, and as a result, missed the final performance of River East's dance crew, Beat Ya Feet Kings. But I will say, that I'm proud of them for making it this far..."

Brookland Avenue praises some Franciscan Monastery honey: "I was lucky enough to get a behind the scenes tour from Chris Schierkolk a Brookland resident, co-moderator of the Brookland Listserv, FMGG member, and apiarist. Chris gave me a pretty in depth tour of the bee keeping operation on the monastery grounds. There are a total of 5 beekeepers that manage 2 apiaries at the monastery."

The Heights Life praises this past weekend's Columbia Heights Day and has video of the festivities: "I knew Columbia Heights Day was going to be big this year, I just didn't know it was going to be this big. The new Harriet Tubman Elementary Field was a great addition, as was the separate performance area with bleacher seating. And there were plenty of things to do, especially for families. But what I liked best was that much of the soccer field was open so people could just hang out. Or play with hula-hoops, which was my favorite."

The Other 35 Percent has a must-read story with a statistical breakdown of gunshots (or gunshot sounds) per ward. So far this year, Ward 3 had the lowest gunshot sounds with 27 instances. Ward 7 had the highest with 1294. There have been over 5,000 reports of gunfire.

Ward3DC posts some great inside-Cleveland-Park-nerd shit.

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  • Jamie

    What's remarkable is that Ward 1 and Ward 4, which include Columbia Heights and Petworth, are basically tied for 3rd and 4th lowest for gunshot sounds, and both are much, much lower than the worst 4 wards. Considering the amount of press we get for gang activity in Columbia Heights and Petworth, the reality doesn't look as that bad as one might think.

  • The Advoc8te

    Yeah BFR made the Morning Roundup again! :)

    How come Barry Farm (re)Mixed hasn't made it to the blogroll under "Hoods"? Actaully for that matter I don't see my blog or And, Now Anacostia either and I thought it was under there yesterday.

    Can we get some love for River East? lol. Seriously though there has definetly been an explosion of blogs on our side. So great that citizens are feelign inspired to share the story of their communities.

  • Anonymous

    It would have been interesting to include the shot-spotter statistics (where available) in the gunshot calls piece. Calls of gunshots is really a bad statistic to go on if you're trying to gauge crime because many folks don't know the difference between fireworks and sounds of gunshots (this is not a bad thing) and many of those calls for shots fired end up being fireworks/firecrackers.

  • ontarioroader

    Does MPD release stats for ShotSpotter activations? My guess is that someone would have to FOIA that info.