Columbia Heights Community Center Temporarily Closes After Report of Gunshots
(Updated at 5:11 p.m.) The Columbia Heights Community Center (1480 Girard Street NW) was temporarily closed earlier today due to reports of possible gunshots nearby at the intersection of 15th and Girard streets NW.
D.C. Parks and Recreation spokesperson Brian Armstead confirmed around 12:44 p.m. the building was locked down due to police activity in the area.
The building was reopened by 2:30 p.m., but summer camp was cancelled for the remainder of the day, said Armstead.
D.C. Police said the lockdown was likely procedural, and have not yet confirmed a gun was fired in the area.
Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau commented on the incident this evening.
“I can only imagine how upsetting this was for your families,” she wrote.
“As weather gets nice over the summer we’ve noticed an uptick in these incidents and are working closely with MPD to address them” Nadeau added.
“There is nothing I can say to make you feel better about what happened today, I’m sure,” continued Nadeau. “But I want you to know I’m taking it very seriously, as is DPR and MPD.”