The shooting of a 22-year-old man near a business strip in the Park View section of Northwest Washington early yesterday has store owners calling for more police protection.
Police said Timir Dawan Jordan, of the 600 block of Lamont Street NW, was found at 2:46 a.m. yesterday in the 700 block of Lamont. He suffered several gunshot wounds and was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:10 a.m.
In the neighborhood yesterday, business owners gathered to stare at the yellow police tape marking the scene, and they complained that the area needs more police.
"You just want to bang your head against the wall," said Benjamin Watkins Jr., 67, who has worked as a dentist on Georgia Avenue since 1964. "My patients don't want to come here anymore. We want more police on bikes, on foot, any way we can get them."
At Rita's, a Caribbean carryout, Michael Houghton said customers have to dodge drug dealers if they want to eat his homemade goat roti.
"It's like an everyday thing now," Houghton said. "Every two hours or so you see problems. There are drugs all over here."
Executive Assistant Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer said that the killing is believed to be drug-related and that the area has been a trouble spot for years. The police are investigating what may be a dispute among drug gangs, he said.
"When criminals are fighting criminals, it makes it doubly difficult," Gainer said. "We care deeply about that area, and we are investigating."
Gainer said the summer mobile police force would be there this week. He also said he met with police assigned to the neighborhood to talk about solutions.
At nearby Howard University, where classes are starting this week, officials said they have been increasing patrols. Campus and District police recently formed a joint security station on Georgia Avenue, said Robert Frelow, a university spokesman.
"We realize that the campus doesn't exist in a vacuum," Frelow said. "We are working with others in the area on this."
Last month, residents of nearby Petworth expressed concern about the continuing drug problem in their neighborhood after a young couple was shot in the 1300 block of Hamilton Street NW. Police yesterday said they were still investigating the incident.
In other violence this year in the 4th Police District, a man was killed in the 1400 block of Madison Street NW on Jan. 22, and Jerry Ballard, a heavyweight boxer, was stabbed to death in the 5900 block of Seventh Street NW on Aug. 3.
Business owners said that they were frustrated by the slayings and that they want to see more police on the street at all times.
"They must clean this area up," Watkins said. "If not, they are going to have nothing here."
Staff writer Sewell Chan contributed to this report.