The Southside is the apocalyptic side of the metropolis.
Around each corner in Anacostia is an unknown glimpse of either a faded and forgotten history or a seemingly random outburst of violence. In recent weeks a half-dozen shootings and homicide within the boundaries of old Anacostia have encircled the home of Frederick Douglass. A daylight running gun battle at the junction of 14th Street, Cedar Street and High Street left three wounded this past Easter Sunday.
“The devil doesn’t recognize any holidays; he doesn’t take the day off,” says William Alston-El, a community activist. “I haven’t seen it this bad in years.”
NBC Washington, 4.21.2014, “Police Investigate Triple Shooting in SE DC”
Washington Post, 4.20.2014, “3 men shot in Southeast”
WJLA, 4.20.2014, “Three shot, 1 seriously wounded near Frederick Douglass National Historic Site”
Homicide Watch, 4.9.2014, “Tuesday Night Shooting Victim Identified as Virgil Wood”
Washington Post, 4.9.2014, “Man fatally shot on street in Anacostia”
WUSA, 3.14.2014, “Police hunt for suspect in SE shooting death”
Washington Post, 3.14.2014, “Police seek four men in Southeast Washington shooting death”
Neighbor testimonials via 7th District listserv
Apr 14, 2014, at 12:36 PM,
I must state that I’m happy to see shooting abatement in some parts of SE. However, that is not so at 16th & V Streets. Since yesterday evening, 4/13/14, yes, Palm Sunday, a female was shot as she stood in that vicinity speaking with other young men. Of course this is the same area where a young man was killed on April 8, 2014.
There are elderly residents living in single family detached homes between 16th-15th Streets on V (1500) block that are afraid to sit on their porches on beautiful days because of the drive by shootings in area. Anyone can become a victim in such situations. This is a very active crime ridden (shooters’) area & I believe one way some of this can be solved is to implement an enforcement policy – such as in Trinidad – where if you don’t live there, you can’t loiter there; ask for i.D. & send them away. Constitutional rights are yelled about, but non-criminal have rights also. Extreme times calls for extreme measures & SE residents have to ban & support extreme measures to rid these shootings. Prohibiting guns from non-criminals have not abated the shootings in SE. I’m afraid to walk on Good Hope between 16th -MLK because of the congregants of unsavory characters along those blocks…just hanging out! Some months ago, a bullet landed in my roof.
Commander Hoey, what is the condition of the lady shot? Have you any suspects in custody yet?
Mary Buckley – Ward 8 Good Hope Road