BECAUSE OF INCORRECT INFORMATION FROM THE D.C. POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE NAME AND AGE OF A DISTRICT MAN SHOT AND KILLED THURSDAY WERE WRONG IN YESTERDAY'S EDITIONS. DUANE LOUIS HICKS, OF THE 4900 BLOCK OF NINTH STREET NW, WAS 25. (PUBLISHED 08/15/99)
Petworth residents said yesterday they were troubled by the continuing drug problem in their neighborhood, a day after a double shooting that killed a man and left a woman in critical condition.
Officers arriving at the 1300 block of Hamilton Street NW at 10:50 p.m. Thursday found the victims sitting in a parked car. Both had been shot in the head, according to police. Dwayne Hicks, 21, of the 4900 block of Ninth Street NW, was pronounced dead at 11:24 p.m. at Washington Hospital Center, police said. The other victim, a 24-year-old woman, was still in critical condition there yesterday, according to Marianne Worley, a hospital spokeswoman.
Kathy Ferger, who lives in the block where the shooting occurred and is president of the Carter Barron East Neighborhood Association, said she was talking with her daughter when she heard six shots, with "just the spacing you figure it must take to pull the trigger again." Ferger said she waited 30 seconds before peeking out the window and then dialing the police.
Detectives think the shootings were not random and were possibly drug-related, said Capt. Ralph W. McLean of the 4th Police District.
The shootings shook the mostly quiet block of single-family homes, where thefts from car, stolen vehicles and burglaries are the most commonly reported crimes, police said.
Hamilton Street last saw deadly violence in January, when Joseph Robert Durant Jr., 40, was shot eight times and killed by three D.C. police officers after he wielded two knives at them, according to police, on the porch of his parents' home in the 1200 block.
The Hamilton Recreation Center, which is on the same block as Thursday's killings, opened for the summer in June, and young people often stay in the park past dusk, the legal closing time, Ferger said. "We've seen police bust the playground, and then it gets quiet for awhile and then people start filtering back," she said. McLean said Thursday's shootings will likely prompt the police "to be a little bit more aggressive" in patrolling the park.
Overall crime in the police patrol service area that includes Hamilton Street has dropped 16 percent this year, as of Tuesday, from the same period last year, McLean said. However, assaults with dangerous weapons have fallen only 2 percent in the same period, and the area has seen two other homicides this year, McLean said. A man was killed in the 1400 block of Madison Street NW on Jan. 22, and Jerry Ballard, a local heavyweight boxer, was stabbed to death in the 5900 block of Seventh Street NW on Aug. 3.