D.C. police continued Tuesday to investigate a shooting in a Northeast Washington alley that wounded a 1-year-old but announced no arrests or new leads.
Many residents of the complex where the shooting occurred along the 1300 block of I Street NE also remained quiet, declining to talk with a reporter about the gunfire that broke out shortly before 9 p.m. Monday.
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham called the shooting “despicable” and described an “exchange of gunfire” with one bullet hitting the child in the lower extremities.
The child was treated at Children’s National Medical Center and was returned to his home on Tuesday, said Dustin Sternbeck, the D.C. police department’s communications director.
D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), chairman of the public safety committee, went to the shooting scene Monday night and said a “lovely summer evening was interrupted” by gunfire. He said the wide alley, which includes parking for residences and H Street businesses, is typically busy with cars and pedestrians. He said a nearby parking lot is used by a church. “It’s not an area where we’ve seen a lot of crime,” he said.
Police said a dispute between groups of people led to the shooting.
Detectives were back at the scene Tuesday morning interviewing witnesses in and around the Wylie Court Condominiums, a collection of more than two dozen townhouses built in the mid-1960s with adjoining courtyards.
The area is located one block from the Trinidad neighborhood and just off the H Street entertainment corridor, and steps from a five-way intersection of Florida and Maryland avenues, Benning and Bladensburg roads, and H Street NE.
Phil Toomajian, chairman of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A, said, “We’re not going to tolerate gunplay in our community.” He said that “there hasn’t been a lot of issues” with the residents of Wylie Court and added, “It sounds like the police have some leads, but they weren’t sharing very much with us.”
The area that includes the townhouses where the shooting occurred and parts of Stanton Park has seen violent crime drop from 63 incidents at this time in 2016 to 43 so far this year, according to D.C. police statistics. Armed and unarmed robberies are down, although assaults with dangerous weapons have gone from three at this time in 2016 to six this year.
Tuesday, police tape marked the area of the shooting, and a maroon Lexus sat in a parking space, with bullet holes in the passenger-side front window and through the rear windshield.
Martin Weil contributed to this report.