Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District met with Adams Morgan residents last night to discuss the shooting that left a man critically injured on 18th Street NW roughly two weeks ago.
Lt. Michael Whiteside told attendees at ANC 1C’s monthly meeting that the victim, who was brutally shot in the head in front of Amsterdam Falafelshop (2425 18th Street NW) on Aug. 29, survived the attack.
No arrests have been made in the case, say police, and the investigation is still ongoing.
Whiteside said that, despite having 25 officers within 10-15 feet of the shooting, none of them actually saw the crime occur.
“There were a bunch of us walking and jogging up the street because we could see a crowd and it appeared they were going to fight,” Whiteside explained. “It was just so crowded, we absolutely didn’t see it.”
Whiteside added that a changing social climate could be to blame for such public and violent crimes.
“My opinion is society has changed a bit,” Whiteside said. “It’s concerning to me that someone would shoot somebody with so many officers around. Who does that?”
Residents, commissioners and police then agreed that crime has been on the rise in Adams Morgan, particularly robberies.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Carroll, who took command of the Third District from former commander Jacob Kishter on Sunday, outlined his plans to combat such crimes in the future.
“We have crime suppression teams and overtime officers who will be focused in areas where robberies have increased in the past few weeks,” Carroll said.
“My personal feeling is once we address this robbery uptick and bring things back into line, we’ll be able to implement programs and policies to make sure this doesn’t turn from a blip in the screen to a long-term issue,” he added.
The ANC’s commissioners thanked police for their work and efforts, recalling that Adams Morgan is in a better place now than it was a decade ago.
Whiteside responded by emphasizing how community involvement can help police build on these improvements.
“If you see something, call 911 and give me a good look at the situation,” he said. “Be very specific and give me something to work with. The more information you give us, the better and easier it is for us.”