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Homicide is down nearly 25 percent in the former murder capital of America. “But you know, it is still summer,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier tells WTOP. Just over the weekend, a teenager was shot dead in Anacostia, a retired D.C. cop was critically wounded during a carjacking at a Northeast gas station, and a bicyclist on Southern Avenue was struck by not one but two cars. WUSA-TV reports that police don’t yet know whether the poor pedaler was killed by the first driver or the second one. And, on Friday, a teen riding Metro was allegedly assaulted by a gang of thugs attempting to rob him of his shoes (a pair of Air Jordans, the Examiner reports). With memories still fresh of the March massacre on South Capitol and the highly publicized homicide of popular D.C. prinicipal Brian Betts, will Mayor Adrian Fenty really be so bold as to boast of lower crime stats on the campaign trail?
Summertime savageness doesn’t stop at the District border, of course. On Friday afternoon, a Monrovia woman broke into a home in Gaithersburg and attacked a nine-month pregnant woman. WJLA-TV reports that both the expectant mother and her baby are OK; the assailant has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault, burglary, false imprisonment, possession of a weapon with intent to injure. Meanwhile, a Brunswick man faces sentencing today for throwing a Chihuahua off a bridge. (The pup, sadly, didn’t make it.)
Is everyone crazy from the heat? After some intense temperatures and severe storms, expect “almost perfect conditions” for a few days, with temperatures around 80 degrees. At least until mid-week when a new system threatens with more rain.
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