Archive for Sunday, June 1, 2008

7 dead, 3 wounded in night of violence

June 1, 2008


— An overnight spasm of homicidal violence in the District of Columbia ended near dawn Saturday with seven men dead and three wounded, including a triple slaying after a street argument, a drive-by shooting near an elementary school, a deadly domestic dispute and a crap game that ended in a fusillade of bullets, police said.

All the killings, including the slaying of a man found with his throat cut in his car near his home, occurred within about a two-mile radius in sections of Northeast and Southeast Washington, in neighborhoods ranging from working-class to tumbledown, where families in neatly kept rowhouses live among street-corner loiterers and littered vacant lots.

"This can only be described as an unbelievably high level of violent crime to take place in a short time," Democratic Mayor Adrian Fenty told reporters Saturday, standing where three victims were killed about 4 a.m. in a hail of 35 shots. "We've had some crime sprees, but this has got to be one of the most violent days in recent memory, if not ever."


50YearResident 10 years ago

For all you "Ban the Guns" people, this is the result. Washington, DC is one of the most dangerous places in America to live.

bondmen 10 years ago

Yes and how about Chicago, ILL., i.e., Daley Shootem Up City!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years ago

Nearly all the weapons in DC come from states with very lax gun control.

beatrice 10 years ago

50: "For all you "Ban the Guns" people, this is the result."Actually, no, it isn't. If your statement were true, then wouldn't we have violence like this every day in Australia or other places where guns are banned? Of course, one need not go far from DC in order to get a gun and illegally bring it into the area. Can't quite do that in Aussieland. Now, please know that I do not support a ban like the one now enforced in Australia, or even the one in DC. Although I choose not to own a gun, I do support the Constitution, including that pesky 2nd ammendment that so many have a problem with. Further, the Supreme Court earlier this year heard a case and is likely to overturn the laws that cities like DC have used to have strict bans on guns. So even if I were in favor of outright gun control (as I admit to being in my younger, more liberal days), it wouldn't do any good. What will be telling once the court rules is whether or not such violence will continue at such an alarming rate in DC. If the violence continues, or god forbid, goes up, what will be the excuse of the pro-gun types then? Conversely, if the violence drops, what argument will those who support the city's ban on guns use?Either way, the culture of violence needs to be addressed, not just the guns. The guns, like the knife in at least one instance here, serve as nothing more than the means to an end. Why are people so willing to kill over a few dollars, a perceived slight or a petty argument? This is the problem. They have guns in Canada, but don't kill each other like this. So what can we do to stop the violence here in our country?I'm sorry people were killed, and I hope the killers are brought to justice in each and every case.

bearded_gnome 10 years ago

give law-abiding citizens of DC guns! CCW! then, people can protect themselves. when guns are outlawed, then only outlaws will have guns, sounds familiar for DC.oh with all this killing, we need an exit strategy from DC/chicago. and, of course we need to meet with the thugs responsible for this violence! that would fix it all and we'd all be singing kumbya.
btw, with the parody of liberal/demorat iraq policy above, note: may lowest civilian deaths in four years; lowest military deaths in four years! this isn't being reported by the liberal mainstream media that wants desperately to cover it're safer in baghdad than in DC!

beatrice 10 years ago

"Or was your point that it is just as easy to bring a gun into Australia as it is into DC (which was my point)?"My point being that it isn't as easy. Seriously, re-read the comment posted yesterday at 7:35, then let me know what it is that you have disagreement with. I really don't think you will find much to argue against there.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years ago

There's no gun control in Iraq, Bearded Gomer. And the suicide bombers have the ultimate in concealed weapons, although I'm sure they'd prefer to do their bombing from Black Hawk helicopters and F-16's, if given the option.

beatrice 10 years ago

I'm still waiting for that apology, Marion.

bondmen 10 years ago

People in America and the world - I present the fruit of the American Liberal Plantation!

gccs14r 10 years ago

No one should be allowed to live in DC. All residential areas there should be considered part of either Maryland or Virginia. All businesses in DC should be permitted and regulated by the Park Service and subject to annual review. DC is a special area and we need to quit pretending that it's possible for it to be normal.

beatrice 10 years ago

Marion, I know that guns are banned in Australia. That is the point. Since the ban in Australia the number of gun deaths there has been cut in half. HALF. That simply means that the ban is effective in preventing gun deaths. If you want to argue that being half as likely to be killed by a gun since the ban means it isn't actually working, then knock yourself out. However, fewer deaths means the ban works as far as deaths go (I'm not claiming it is effective in any other area of crime prevention). Cut in half. That really is as clear as the half empty bottle of cheap vodka sitting on your desk. Or was your point that it is just as easy to bring a gun into Australia as it is into DC (which was my point)? Also, I clearly -- clearly -- stated that bringing the gun from another state into DC is illegal. From my earlier post: "one need not go far from DC in order to get a gun and illegally bring it into the area." The point is, you would need to go far from Australia to bring a gun back illegally. Bring guns illegally into DC is relatively easy, but it remains illegal. Why don't you READ the posts before you blow a gasket responding. You will likely find more there in favor of people having the right to own than you first realize. And then you can apologize.

bearded_gnome 10 years ago

fails completely to refute one point. call the staff of your sanitarium again boozo, you're maundering again.

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