More than 100 homicides have taken place in the District so far this year – a count that’s set to outpace the 16-year record tally that the city logged in 2020, according to Metropolitan Police Department data.
MPD’s data states that the District reached 101 homicides Friday, while Ward 2 – which encompasses Foggy Bottom – has only seen two. The District passed the century mark during nearly the same week of July before logging 200 homicides last year – the most since 2004.
The city totaled 95 homicides at this point in 2020, passing 100 homicides more than a week later than this year, according to MPD data. The D.C. Police Union told WUSA9 that the city hasn’t reached the 100 mark this early since 2003.
This year’s homicides in Ward 2 took place in February and June, and an adult male died in shootings during both incidents, according to an MPD report and a Popville report. Only two homicides occurred in Ward 2 at this point last year, but the ward tallied eight by the end of the year, MPD data states.
Ward 2 was untouched by homicides in 2019. The majority of homicides in the District this year have occurred in Wards 7 and 8 – where there were 24 and 38 homicides respectively, MPD data states.
Mayor Muriel Bowser met with President Joe Biden and local leaders at the White House Monday to discuss gun violence and lowering the rate of murders in urban areas.
Robert Contee III, MPD’s new police chief, said he aims to use community engagement – like collaborative events between officers and locals – to cut down on crime, build trust and improve policing in the District. The D.C. Police Reform Commission, a panel organized by the D.C. Council last year, also published more than 90 police reform recommendations in April with proposals like slashing of the size of MPD by more than 3,000 officers.
This article appeared in the July 16, 2021 issue of the Hatchet.