DC Police have arrested Brandon Terry in connection with the deadly shooting on November 27 outside the restaurant turned club, Heritage India. Back in November, a fight broke out, which moved outside the club where several were shot and several were stabbed — yikes! The establishment is at 1337 Connecticut Avenue NW, just south of Dupont Circle.
Terry, 29, is charged with second-degree murder while armed. Washington Times has the story with the most information that we’ve seen so far. No word on the information that led to the arrest. Stay tuned for more info as the trial moves forward.
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- SYMHM: Heritage License Suspended, AIDS Day, Constituent Service Funds
- Heritage India: PR 101 Course, Perhaps?
- Heritage India Melee: 1 Dead, 5 Injured Early Sunday Morning
Washington Examiner linked to the statement issued by Heritage India about the violence at their Dupont Circle location this past weekend. If you somehow missed it, one man died after being shot while two more people suffered gunshot wounds and three people were stabbed. The fight started inside the club and spilled out onto the 1300 block of Connecticut Avenue NW just south of Dupont Circle.
What Heritage India said about the horrible incident is not much, as one would expect from a company that is surely under advisement from a lawyer. The statement starts out well enough, “Heritage India extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Jhonte Coleman. We wish a quick and healthful recovery for the others…”
However, does anyone else find the second and third paragraphs, at best, jarring, and, at worst, sort of surreal? “Heritage India is proud to be among Washington’s world-class restaurants, offering guests from around the city, country and the world a memorable fine-dining experience. Heritage India often hosts wedding receptions, businesspeople, government officials, foreign diplomats and other dignitaries for large lunch and dinner banquets,” reads the second paragraph.
Look, I know you apologized first. But you probably should have stopped at that. When someone dies, it is high time to get your marketing person the heck out of drafting statements.
The rest of the statement really isn’t much better, in my personal and professional (in public relations 9 to 5) opinions. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of those harmed in the violence would have been a better choice of words.
Am I the only one who thinks this statement is offensive?
Councilman Orange Calls for Term Limits, Full Time Commitment
While it is a bit odd to hear a call for term limits from a previous Council member that just won back a seat, it is the agenda Vincent Orange introduced on Monday. DCist has the full scoop on the proposal. Also in the proposal — additional compensation to make up for lost income as Council members become full-time legislators. Other ideas up his sleeve include a Ward 5 strip club moratorium and a job czar post.
What the Fillmore Means to 9:30 Club, Black Cat
I saw the snazzy looking opening of the Fillmore while driving home from a wedding and thought, “Cool, another music venue.” While I have yet to check it out, this Washingtonian blog makes me question my initial reaction a bit. Or, to be completely honest, the fact that the Fillmore is a Live Nation venture made me recoil a bit. The impact of the new venue in Charlotte took a heavy toll on the smaller venues, given Live Nation’s exclusivity agreements with bands. Will it play out that way in DC, too, or does the loyalty of fans and bands alike run deep enough to counter the draw of more coin?
DC Firefighters Burn Foundation Holding Barbecue
Nope, not a play on words. The DC Firefighters Burn Foundation is a great charity run by some truly great people, which should be reason enough to pick Meridian Pint as your Redskins-Cowboys viewing venue. Add in the outdoor barbecue, full range of DC Brau and 25% off apps and you have one awesome Monday night in the name of charity. Get out to this and other events listed over at the The Washington Post.
Homicide Ruling in on Death in Columbia Heights
Gay engineer Gaurav Gopalan was found dead on September 10 near Columbia Heights. His death was just confirmed as a homicide by the Medical Examiner’s Office. Given the cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma to the head, it seems curious to the folks at the Blade as to the delay in the homicide ruling. The identification was delayed, as Gopalan was found dressed in women’s clothing. Our thoughts go out to his partner, his family and friends. It seems he may have been at Town earlier in the evening, so watch out for each other in the streets and stay safe, folks.
Sugar in Your Coffee, Camera in the Bathroom
In the ‘continuing the news that makes you cringe’ theme, a five year old girl noticed a video camera in a Starbucks bathroom near the Archives metro stop as she was using the toilet. Starbucks called the cops and offered a beverage, but the WTOP story indicates there may be more at stake than some pumpkin lattes on the house brewing.
What Does $20 Get You at Whole Foods?
The timeless debate over where your paycheck goes to at the store may finally be cleared up for us. Okay, that’s a lie, but if you bought the $10 for $20 of stuff deal from Living Social, you may be wondering how to get the best bang for your buck. So Whole Foods tasked staffers with making $20 baskets to counter the whisper campaign that $20 didn’t go very far. It’s smart PR and also a pretty interesting glimpse into other people’s grocery baskets (I know you look, it’s an awesome urban game). Check out their blog here. I didn’t get the deal but I know my basket would have as much wine as possible for $20. Priorities!
The Washington Blade is following the story as the victim was a 34-year-old gay man:
“A 34-year-old gay man who was found stabbed to death in his D.C. apartment Monday night was last seen by friends leaving a gay bar over the weekend, said the city police homicide squad’s supervisor.”
A second murder occurred up in Adams Morgan on Wednesday, when a man was shot on the 1500 block of Mozart Place NW. We learn via dcist about a Washington Examiner story that says the murder victim had been in the DC Department of Youth and Rehabilitation Services: “Robinson had reportedly escaped from DYRS custody and was on-the-run at the time of his death.”
However, homicides are rare in this part of DC. During the past year (August 12, 2009 to August 12, 2010), there have been 129 homicides in DC (compared to 158 in the previous August 12 to August 12 period). But, how many have of the 129 homicides been in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area?
- For Police Service Area (PSA) 208, which serves the Dupont Circle area, there have been no homicides in the past year (there was one between August 12, 2008, and August 12, 2009).
- For PSA 307, which serves Logan Circle and part of western Shaw, there was one homicide in the past 365 days–the August 10 murder on 10th Street NW. There was also one homicide in the previous 365-day period.
- For PSA 305, which includes the U Street NW area, there has been one homicide in the previous 365 days–the May 28 murder of a Silver Spring man on the 1900 block of 9th Street NW. (There were four homicides in PSA 305 between August 12, 2008, and August 12, 2009).
By the numbers: In addition to the homicide, there were 13 reported robberies in the area, two of them with a gun (one is from early this morning). There were also 3 assaults, four burglaries and six stolen autos in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area between July 31 and August 10.
Robberies, assaults, stolen autos and burglaries are listed below the fold.