Yet another shooting occurred on the 1300 block of Columbia on Friday night. I was reading through my Columbia Heights listserv - various people emailed in accounts of the incident. One in particular stood out to me because the person seemed wholly perplexed and angered by the lack of police presence and unlit street. Then I realized that email came from Councilmember Jim Graham. Lets hope this anger inspires some action. Maybe... different action? Since current actions don't seem to have had any impact whatsoever...
The email from Councilmember Graham:
For the second night in a row--this time at just before 7:30 PM--shots rang out on the 1300 block of Columbia. Reportedly, a 51 year old man was shot in the wrist, hand and thigh. He was ultimately taken to Medstar. It is believed that he will be alright. His relationship to all of this is unclear at this point.
And there are other questions as yet unanswered.
Where was the Light Tower, which had been there and operative for weeks since the Paul Jones was murdered in January. And, if there was no light tower, why was it taken away? Who is responsible here? How many police were on the block?
The Light Tower was off last night. Shots were fired. It was not there earlier tonight. Shots were fired.
One would think, after last night's violence, that all measures would be taken on what is now a block riddled with gang warfare.
I will let you know more as it becomes available.
Sincerely, Councilmember Jim Graham