A series of shootings in Washington, DC‘s Ward 7 killed two people and wounded another, leaving local residents outraged.
Deandre Coleman, 16, was gunned down along Hillside Road between 46th Street and Benning Road on Wednesday. Another person was also shot and taken to hospital, police said.
The shooting that took Coleman’s life was one of two that day on the station. Hours earlier, at 11:44 a.m., 30-year-old Israel Mattocks of Southwest, DC, was shot dead outside a shoe store on the 3900 block of Minnesota Avenue NE, police said.
On Thursday night, another man died in the street after being shot dead along the 4400 block of Bowen Road SE, police said. That shooting was only two blocks from Coleman’s murder.
Homicides in Washington, DC are up 14% since the same time in 2021, according to police data. As of Thursday, the district has recorded at least 93 homicides. Five teenagers have been killed in shootings so far this year.
Station 7 residents call the rise in gun violence poisonous, tragic and terrifying.
“It’s traumatic, it’s really uncomfortable to be around here and knowing that’s happening. For example, I have a little nephew that I’d like to get out with but I’m not comfortable with things like this happening,” said a 23-year-old resident who asked not to have his name released.
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 7F Commissioner Tyrell Holcomb is outraged by the rise in gun violence. He’s calling on the departments of health, behavioral health and homeland security to step up their services and meet with the Minnesota Avenue Improvement Task Force. Holcomb believes police alone cannot quell violence.
“MPD is not the agency responsible for treating mental health issues. MPD is not the agency responsible for providing housing and facilities to community members who need them. MPD is not the agency responsible for getting people the treatment needed related to drug addiction and substance abuse,” Holcomb said.
“Your agency is responsible for public safety, and there are a number of matters that go beyond public safety.”