3 shootings in a single day in DC’s Ward 7 leave 2 dead, including a 16-year-old boy – NBC4 Washington

A series of shootings in Ward 7 in Washington, DC left two dead, another injured and residents outraged.

Deandre Coleman, 16, was shot dead along Hillside Road between 46th Street and Benning Road on Wednesday. Another person was also shot and hospitalized, police said.

The shooting that claimed Coleman’s life was one of two on duty that day. Hours earlier, at 11:44 a.m., Israel Mattocks, 30, of Southwest, DC, was shot dead outside a shoe store along the 3900 block of Minnesota Avenue NE, police said.

Another man died in the street after being shot along the 4400 block of Bowen Road SE Thursday night, police said. This shooting was only two blocks away from Coleman’s murder.

Homicides in Washington, DC have jumped 14% since the same period in 2021, according to police data. On Thursday, the district recorded at least 93 homicides. So far this year, five teenagers have been killed in shootings.

DEANDRE COLEMAN

Deandre Coleman, 16, died in a shooting along Hillside Road in Washington, DC

Residents of Ward 7 describe the rise in gun violence as toxic, tragic and terrifying.

“It’s traumatic, it’s really uncomfortable to be here knowing this is happening. For example, I have a little nephew that I want to take out but I don’t feel comfortable because things like it happens,” said a 23-year-old resident. who asked that his name not be shared.

Commissioner Tyrell Holcomb of the 7F Ward Advisory Board is outraged by the increase in gun violence. He calls on the departments of health, behavioral health and homeland security to step up services and meet with the Minnesota Avenue Improvement Task Force. Holcomb believes the police alone cannot mitigate the violence.

“The MPD is not the agency responsible for dealing with mental health issues. MPD is not the agency responsible for providing housing and opportunities to community members in need. The MPD is not the agency responsible for providing people with the treatment they need for substance abuse and addiction,” Holcomb said.

“Their agency is responsible for public safety and there are a number of issues that go beyond public safety.”

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