Homicide Reported in the 400 block of NY Ave NW

From an email just sent out by Commander Kamperin on the MPD-1D listserv:

( Washington , DC ) — The Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating a homicide which occurred in the 400 block of New York Avenue, N.W.

At approximately 5:20 a.m., on Sunday, October 26, 2008, officers from the First District responded to Jimmy’s Auto located in the 400 block of New York Avenue, N.W., to investigate the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead at 10:55 p.m.

The decedent in this case has been identified as 38-year-old David Thomas of the 1700 block of North Pulaski Street , in Baltimore , Maryland ,

This case remains under investigation by detectives from the department’s Homicide and Sexual Offenses Branch. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-CRIM[E] . Anonymous information may also be forwarded to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia .

MPD-1D also reported four shooting victims not too far from the Triangle (NY Ave at N Capitol St NW) at 3:21AM this morning.

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    Anonymous says

    I’m a young female professional who is pondering living in Yale Steam Laundry. This homicide occured right across the street from Yale and is very disconcerting. How are people coping with returning home to the area after dark? How dangerous is the area for walking home alone anywhere from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    PQS says

    I live at 3rd and Mass and I get worried about my wife walking home from the metro after dark. Often times I’ll meet her half way. If I lived even further north at Yale I would insist on picking her up in the car night or day if she is alone. Mass Ave and New York Ave are very different even if there are only 2-3 blocks separating the two. It’ll get better over the next few years, but right now its a scary place at night time. However, if you pick the right path home, it might be ok. New York Ave gets a lot of traffic so if you walk up 5th Street to take advantage of all of the people at City Vista and then walk up New York to Yale from there, you might be ok. The thing is, the freaks come out late at night and murders are bound to happen in a big city. I would worry more about the muggings, etc. MVT has really cleaned up its act over the two years I lived there and I’m sure that’ll move up past New York Ave eventually. I know this is kind of a mixed message, but that’s a transitioning neighborhood for you.

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    kt says

    I’ve lived at Yale since March, and generally agree with ‘pqs’. I don’t find the area unsafe, but I definitely keep myself aware of my surroundings, which should be true for any city (I’m also coming at it from a male perspective). Foot traffic on 5th st. is good, especially with the new Safeway. They just broke ground on the new Yale West development so the area will only improve over time, but transitional is a fair label.

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    Anonymous says

    I used to think that the area surrounding Yale was bad and could not imagine why anyone would want to live there. Then one day I parked my car and walked around the neighborhood. At that point I decided to check out Yale, I left a deposit that day. I have lived at Yale since May and have been more than happy with my experiences living off of NY Ave. Previously I lived in Dupont an area most consider very safe, I did too right up to the point I was mugged by a car full of drunk guys. My point is that crazy people come in all forms, some look like the homeless guy yelling at the sky , some look like you and me…you just never know. My condo faces the used car lot where the shooting happened. From the few details I have I would say something fishy was going on if the guy was shot at 4a.m. in a trailer at a used car lot. I would bet serious money that this was not random. What I can tell you about the hood is that the foot traffic has increased a great deal since Safeway and Busboys has opened and so has the police visibility. As for Yale , as great as the building and amenities are, the residents make it a great place to consider. I would have to say that I have not met anyone in the building I would not share a beer with , it is a very friendly, laid back atmosphere.

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    Anonymous says

    Thanks all for the very helpful comments. Tonight, I had a friend drive me by the area at 9 p.m. and you don’t see a lot of foot traffic though you don’t see a lot of “strange” looking people around either. However, like an anon said (which I completely agree), crazies come in all forms. I did notice that there is a police station a block from Yale on New York Ave. That has to be good though, right? (Unless the reason that there is a police station right there is because of much crime in the area… but I won’t go there…) I don’t know a lot about the MVT area when I first come across Yale (and was attracted by the nice NY loft style units), but I have to say that the people who live in the area really make the area what it is and what it will become. I really like this blog post, in particular the discussion it promotes and the sense of community it gives (not to mention the great info offered on everything about the area). I strongly believe that the area will get better and better with all the great people who live there.

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    fourthandeye says

    Glad the comments have been helpful to you. I agree with the other comments that you should walk 5th street after dark if you are coming from or going to Penn Quarter/Chinatown. I would avoid the segment of 4th Street between K and NY Ave at night. That’s where the hookers congregate.

    That police station you mention – I’m not sure it’s really a police substation per se. I thought it was more of a police training facility.

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    pqresident says

    the police building on NY Ave is their joint operations command center. it’s where they run all the feeds from their cameras, maybe shotspotter too. it’s not a traditional police station. call it ‘big brother central’, :)

    the police station for the First District is at 415 4th Street, SW. Yale Lofts is on the north side of NY Ave which is the district boundary so it might actually be in the 3rd district.