Homicide Saturday Night in Front of Watkins – Bullet Strikes ANC Commissioner’s House
by Larry Janezich
Posted October 17, 2021
A man was fatally wounded on 12th Street, SE, in front of Watkins School last night. It was the second homicide near the school in 11 days.
Emergency personnel responded to a call that came about 9:44pm and found a man who was reportedly shot several times in the torso and suffered cardiac arrest, according to Alan Henney @alanhenney. He was taken to a hospital where he died.
ANC6B04 Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg lives on the block and reported the incident to her constituents this morning:
“Turns out my house, 1/2 block from 12th/D, was an apparent victim last night. I awoke from a deep sleep this morning to not only hear about the nearby homicide but to discover that a bullet had gone thru and shattered my front window. MPD has investigated but no bullet found so far. From neighbors this morning I learned that the homicide resulted from a drive-by shooting involving two cars and actually occurred mid-block rather than at the intersection at 930p.”
On Wednesday, October 6, a man was killed on Watkins Field following a dispute over a pick-up flag football game. Police say they expect an arrest within a week or two. Two days later, on October 7, a man was killed at 17th and Independence, SE. Police believe this was a targeted killing, but are uncertain why.
It’s not known whether last night’s killing was related to the earlier event at Watkins.
ANC6B Chair Brian Ready has organized a community public safety virtual meeting which will occur on Tuesday, October 19.
City officials tentatively scheduled to participate include:
- CM Charles Allen
- Christopher Geldart, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice
- Ralph McLean, First District Commander, MPD
- Gregg Pemberton, Chairman, DC Police Union
- Kimberly Pinkney, Community Outreach Program Specialist, Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement
Register here for the meeting https://bit.ly/3n6eYoV . You will receive a confirmation email and a link to the Zoom meeting.