Last night, there was a shooting in the area near 16th and Queen Street NE. Two victims were sent to the hospital; according to neighbor reports to us, one victim was loaded at the gas station across from Denny’s and the other near Holbrook and Oates St NE.

Perhaps more surprisingly to some, the city somehow had 2 working ambulances available, despite a deplorable record of ambulances being available only 17% of the time on average:

From Metropolitan Police:

The Metropolitan Police Department’s Fifth Police District requests your assistance in providing information concerning a shooting that occurred last evening, Wednesday, December 18,2013, at approximately 9:32 PM in the 1500 block of Queen Street, NE, in our Trinidad Community.

While on 16th Street, NE, a group of three men were congregating when gunshots rang out from the North Alley of the 1500 block of Queen Street, NE and two of those three adult males realized that they had been shot. Calls were placed into 9-1-1 and Fifth Police District Units responded to assist and begin the preliminary investigation into this criminal act.

Both victims were transported to local area hospitals for treatment of their wounds.

We have worked extremely hard this year in reducing crime and the fear of crime in Trinidad. You have stepped up and supported us every step of the way and our collective efforts have made a positive difference. But, as last night reminded us of, we still have work to do. We will not let the reckless and dangerous acts of a very few endanger this community as a whole.

Based upon this event, we are committed to increasing our visibility and bringing forth stability and pro active strategies to reduce, with a goal of eliminating, the criminal element within our community.

We ask that you help us to help you. Continue to be our eyes and ears on this criminal matter and any other matters that erode the safety and security we have built together. If you see something, say something. Call 9-1-1 with anything and everything you feel we need to know, need to intervene on, no matter how small or inconsequential it may seem.

We feel strongly that with your assistance we can close this shooting. Be an active listener, ask questions and seek out information that can bring these criminals to justice.

Mark Beach
Assistant Patrol District Commander
Metropolitan DC Police Department
Fifth Police District