One Man Killed, One Wounded in Adams Morgan

By Elissa Silverman and Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, December 11, 2008

A 20-year-old man was killed and another man was wounded last night in a shooting that happened a few dozen feet from D.C. police officers on patrol in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Northwest Washington, authorities said.

Witnesses told police that two gunmen walked up to a crowd of people near the Marie H. Reed Community Learning Center at Champlain Street and Kalorama Road and opened fire just after 8 p.m., Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes said.

Police found the 20-year-old, whom they did not identify, in a playground area. He had been shot in the upper body. He was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he died.

The other man, who was described as being in his late teens, was shot in the leg. His injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, officials said.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said that "dark areas" near the school present a danger but that the shooting was the year's only homicide in the area, a block from bustling nightlife. "It couldn't have happened any closer to what is the Adams Morgan business and nightlife district," Fenty said.

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) said the shooting happened about 30 feet from two police officers on a robbery patrol. The officers gave chase, he said, but no arrests were reported. The homicide was "extremely upsetting," Graham said, "but I'm very pleased there was a squad car literally right there."

"These guys don't care," he said of violent criminals. "They're mad."

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Bryan Weaver said the man who was killed worked at a hotel and sports club and "was never in trouble with police."

"You couldn't ask for a better kid," he said.

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