WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Residents of the Truxton Circle neighborhood in Northwest D.C. took part in a community walk with politicians and police officers to condemn several shootings that have occurred in the past week.
"It’s not acceptable that in one week, there were three shootings," said Lily Perez, who said she has lived in the neighborhood for 11 years. "And most of the time it’s people that don’t even live in this community, coming through here and shooting people. And that happens every year, it’s true. That it’s ok, it’s not."
On March 22, there was a shooting in the unit block of Bates St. N.W.
Early Saturday morning, seven people were injured and Algernon Jones, 32, of Southeast D.C., was killed after a shooting in the 100 block of Q St. N.W.
Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham said on Monday afternoon, police made an arrest and recovered two illegal guns after a shooting in the 100 block of Q St. N.W.
Newsham said they don't know if the two most recent shootings are connected and added they don't have a motive for Saturday's homicide.
"We had two men that came up and indiscriminately fired into the group. They felt like they could come into a community and open fire on some human beings, that we do know. And that’s not something we’re going to tolerate," said Newsham.
Police have increased patrols in the area following the shootings, but ANC 5E Commissioner Bradley Thomas said solutions need to be more than just what he calls “squeezing the balloon”, where focusing on an area where a crime happened, just pushes the next crime to a spot nearby.
"There are properties for instance that are vacant that may be being use for criminal activity. There are pockets of unemployment. We have young people just sitting around all day with nothing to do and they’re going to get in trouble when that happens," said Thomas.
Representatives from the D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's office were also handing out fliers letting residents know they can apply for a program that will give rebates to homes that install security cameras, something that can be helpful in solving these shootings. Tomorrow, the Mayor will announce a new voucher system added to that program, that will let eligible residents get a security camera free of charge.