Man Shot in Head on 18th Street NW in Adams Morgan

by Tim Regan August 29, 2015 at 7:30 am 10,066 7 Comments

2400 18th Street NW

(Updated at 12:33 p.m.) A man was shot in the head along a busy part of 18th Street NW early this morning, say D.C. Police.

Third District Commander Jacob Kishter said by e-mail today the victim of the shooting was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Kishter added this afternoon that the shooting occurred in front of the Amsterdam Falafelshop (2425 18th St. NW) at approximately 2:47 a.m. this morning.

Madam’s Organ owner Bill Duggan said his son heard a single gunshot while bartending on the roof of his business at 2461 18th St. NW.

“We complained earlier to the police that they were all just standing in the street and not patrolling the sidewalk or the area in general,” Duggan added.

Several people took to Twitter this morning to discuss the shooting.

This story will be updated as more information is available.

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  • Don_Diva

    this was crazy I was there and I saw his body laid out o the sidewalk. that was so traumatizing

  • Freeway

    I wanted PizzaMart but police sealed off the area WTF?

  • adamsmorgan

    how could someone working at a bar at Madam’s Organ hear a single gunshot from more than half a block a way, even if the bartender was on the roof? 18th St. is packed and loud at that time of night and no doubt so was Madam’s Organ?

    • Bill Duggan

      When I said that my son had heard a single gunshot it was in response to the reporter’s question as to what I knew of the story. I was explaining that I knew no more than that
      Also, as to my complaints about the police tactic(or lack thereof) of huddling en-masse in the middle of the street mid-block rather than patrolling the streets and sidewalks in twos or threes….I was referring to the “All Hands On Deck” extra police from outside our neighborhood who seemed dis-interested at best…and more likely hostile because they were deployed to a neighborhood they knew little or nothing about and certainly have no vested interest in the safety of that neighborhood
      I have the utmost respect for and rapport with our 3-D regular officers….they’re smart, responsive and are invested in the neighborhood….they know the players, both good and bad, and know where to look for trouble late at night
      That being said…..there is absolutely no excuse that, at closing time, there were no officers deployed at the parking entrance or the late night eats businesses, since that is where trouble flares up on a regular basis
      Had there been, this crime may not have happened…….or, the perpetrator would most likely be in custody today

    • GardensRegular

      Have you ever heard a gunshot outside at night? The sound carries and is very distinctive…even on a noisy street…

    • CoHi

      Well, gunshots are loud. Even if they weren’t, 2:47am is around the time many bars are winding down/closing for the night.

  • UrbanEngineer

    Somebody who was in Amsterdam Falafel posted their account of what happened to reddit. They add a bit more detail than I’ve read about in the news: https://www.reddit.com/r/washingtondc/comments/3itwwo/man_shot_in_the_face_in_adams_morgan_in_front_of/


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