City Paper is not for tourists
Prince of Petworth—or at least a PoP reader—is reporting that there was a shooting in Mount Pleasant tonight (a little more than an hour ago). Apparently a teenager was shot in the leg on Monroe between 18th and 19th.
This follows Saturday morning’s mayhem in Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan. The D.C. Police Department issued a press release concerning the police shootout in which a suspect was killed.
Release after the jump.
The department writes:
At approximately, 3:10 am on Saturday, May 16, 2009, two Third District police officers working a plain clothes assignment were on foot in the area of Kalorama Road and Champlain Street NW. The officers observed a fight and witnessed an individual fire a handgun. The officers approached the individual, identified themselves as police officers and ordered him to drop his weapon.
Instead of complying, the man fled into the 2200 block of Champlain Street NW. The police officers pursued the suspect on foot. As the officers attempted to apprehend the suspect, he raised his weapon towards them and gunfire was exchanged. The suspect and the officers were struck.
DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department personnel responded, but could find no signs consistent with life for the suspect. The suspect was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, where he was pronounced dead at 8:54 am. The deceased suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Michael Griffin of the 1400 block of Fairmont Street, NW.
Both officers were transported to a local hospital. One officer was admitted in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the body. The other officer was treated for a gunshot wound to his leg and released.
In cooperation with the Homicide Unit, the police shooting is currently under investigation by the department’s Force Investigations Team. The Third District Detectives office is investigating the offenses leading up to the shooting.
The Heights Life has some Grahamstanding on the fatal Columbia Heights shooting. The councilmember sent out some sort of update:
“The shooting was targeted, and reportedly related to gang beefs that have been ongoing since the murders in Dec/Jan. Another young adult, Paul Jones, was shot and killed by LaFonte Carlton this past January on the 1300 block of Columbia. Carlton is now facing two murder charges.
There has been a constant police presence in this block ever since.”
Really? Constant police presence? Are you sure you want to stick with constant?