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As D.C. continues to deal with rising homicide numbers, community members are questioning how to best respond to and mitigate the ongoing violence. Friends and family of Andre Robertson Jr., the 15-year-old who was shot and killed while sitting on a porch on 48th Place NE, continue to search for answers regarding his death. In Hill East, an ANC commissioner suggests a more radical resolution: replacing the chair of the Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety.

Making Sense of the Senseless

Four days after Robertson’s death, his family, community members, and D.C. police are no closer to understanding why he was shot. Police recovered the vehicle they say was involved in the shooting, a gold sedan with D.C. plates, on Thursday evening—it had been burned, according to WUSA9. No suspects have been identified.

The shooting, which took place around 3:30 p.m., has gripped the community in part because it happened so close to Aiton Elementary School around the time children were exiting school buses. Police and school staff were present for pick-up and drop-off on Friday, but the discomfort remains. “Young kids have to process the fact that they were on the school bus and a shooting took place, and today they had to go back to school,” ANC Commissioner Vince Van told WUSA9. “Our community really has been shaken by this.” 

Chair Care

Given the increased violence, residents are turning their attention to Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, who chairs the Council’s public safety committee. One particularly vocal ANC commissioner, ANC 6B10’s Denise Krepp called for Allen to give up the chairmanship in two separate media reports last week. Allen, she says, skipped a community meeting about public safety held last week. In a statement, Allen’s office says they followed the meeting virtually and have already spoken with attendees and MPD officials about action items discussed at the meeting.

Other ANCs called for a collaborative approach to mitigating violence, a sentiment Allen’s staff emphasized in their statement

Caroline Jones (tips? cjones@washingtoncitypaper.com

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