Much has been reported on the renewed crew violence in Shaw. On Feb. 18, four youths were shot standing near the Washington Convention Center on 7th Street. In the midst of constant reports of shootings, one 5th Street resident came home to find a bullet through her window. Her response, according to an e-mail posted on a local listserv: “My husband thinks that it was someone shooting at the political sign that I had in the window, but who knows.”
I don’t think this was a joke. Perhaps this bit of info from the Washington Post will bring her up to speed.
“The trouble appears to have started the night of Jan. 9, when two people were shot in an alley in the 1200 block of Seventh Street. Four more teenagers were shot about 9 p.m. Feb. 18 in a drive-by by the bus stop at Seventh and N streets, police said. Then, at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23, someone began firing at the white Cadillac in a parking lot near Eighth and R streets. No one was hit in that attack, police said.
Residents have weathered years of feuds. They remember the drug wars of the 1980s, as well as a shooting rampage at the old O Street Market in 1994 in which one person was killed and eight others wounded. In the more recent past, crews from various streets occasionally traded shots in the area, located in the shadow of the Washington Convention Center.
A breakthrough appeared to come last summer — a truce between two crews. The crews from Seventh and O streets and Fifth and O streets shook hands, and the old rivals even went on field trips together, said Tyrone Parker, executive director of the Alliance of Concerned Men, one of the nonprofit groups that brokered the deal.”