A community leader in Shaw is calling for the installation of new security cameras in response to a shooting that left one man dead and another injured near a public park last week.
Police said 19-year-olds Marcus Martin and Marc Butler shot and killed 19-year-old Derryk Johnson and wounded another man across the street from N Street Park on the 600 block of N Street NW last Wednesday night. The shooting was the result of a robbery during a dice game, according to the Washington Post.
Though both suspected shooters were arrested and charged with first-degree murder this week, a member of Shaw’s ANC 6E says District agencies can do more to stop violence near the park before it occurs.
“[Department of Parks and Recreation] and [Deptartment of General Services] need to step up to the plate and ensure that the public feels comfortable and safe there,” 6E vice chair Alexander Padro told Borderstan. “That process begins with installing security cameras that capture everything happening inside and outside the gates of the park.”
Last Wednesday’s shooting is the latest incident in a long history of criminal activity in or near the park, Padro explained.
“How many more lives must be lost before such a basic deterrent is put in place at the N Street Park?” Padro wrote in an email to a local listserv yesterday. “What matters more to our city: the cost of installing and maintaining these cameras, or the cost of human lives and the opportunity cost of loss of use of a park, quality of life, and freedom from fear for hundreds, if not thousands, of our citizens?”
Gwen Crump, spokeswoman for the DPR, said the city agency “has been exploring security enhancement options at N Street Park,” and plans to install a security turnstile to restrict access there this fall. The department is also mulling installing new cameras in the area.
“We are also reviewing other options, such as video monitoring, to help us achieve our goal of making every park a safe place for all D.C. residents,” Crump said.
Still, Padro said he hopes the District will at least decide to take action by the ANC’s next meeting in September.
“I hope that by then, DPR will have publicly agreed to install the security cameras the community has asked for without further action by public officials or loss of life,” Padro said.
Police received a call around 8 a.m. that a man had died of natural causes in a home near the 900 block of N Street NW.
D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Oscar Mendez confirmed said emergency personnel were called to remove the man from the home this morning.
Some readers reported seeing a large group of emergency personnel in the area earlier today.
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According to police, a cyclist was riding his bike on the 400 block of N Street NW around 4:30 p.m. yesterday when he approached a crowd of 12-14 juveniles. One of the juveniles, a boy, allegedly punched the cyclist in the face and knocked him off of his bike. Police said the young robbers then took the victim’s property and fled westbound.
Robbery Snatch_ 400 block of N St. NW. Lookout for 12-14 Juvenile B/M's pic.twitter.com/N7UtUxOalK
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Third District Commander Jeffrey Carroll wrote in an e-mail to the district’s listserv this morning that police were able to find and arrest one of the suspected robbers shortly after the crime occurred.
“After canvassing the area, the officers were able to locate a suspect in the area who was identified as being involved in the robbery and placed under arrest,” wrote Carroll. “Subsequent investigation has linked this suspect to additional robberies that have occurred in the First District and the Fifth District.”
From Police Service Area (PSA) 208: “Robbery/Force and Violence which occurred on Saturday, June 6, 2009, at 5:00 a.m. in the 2100 block of N St. N.W. was reported to the MPD. The victim reported that while walking on the sidewalk he was approached by a 3 suspects who engage the victim in a verbal altercation. All 3 suspects then punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground. They then kicked him about the face and stole his book bag from his shoulder. They were last seen traveling in an auto southbound on 21st St. N.W. Stolen were personal items and $20 U.S. Currency. The first suspect is described as a White Male, 22-26 YOA, 5’0″, 160 lbs. The second and third suspect lookout matched that of the first suspect. The vehicle they were last seen in is described as a black, two-door Honda, nothing further.”