Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. hosted a meeting attended by hundreds of residents expecting to hear the police’s response to the recent series of shooting incidents in the area on Wednesday, NBC 4 Washington reported.
Participants of the event debated possible solutions to the issue and demanded action from authorities.
“Who do we talk to? Give us a list. Give us phone numbers. We are ready. Let’s go,” one resident said.
“We are trying to approach everything and think it’s police, police, police, police. The police have their jobs. But the community… We have to have our jobs. We have to help each other out. We have to help the community based on the relations that are in the community to understand what’s going on so we can get proper results,” another attendant suggested.
A total of four shootings took place in Shaw over the past 10 days.
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On September 30, 19-year-old Tahlil Byrd was killed in a shooting incident outside the Wonder Bread Factory near the Shaw-Howard University Metro station.
Five days later, on October 5, two individuals, a man and a woman, were injured at 7th and R streets, Northwest in a drive-by shooting at 11:23 p.m. One of the victims is reportedly 19 years old. The two were taken to a hospital due to bullet wounds.
A teenage girl was shot in the leg while she was near a grocery store in Shaw last Sunday. She was allegedly shot by another teenager.
In recent years, Shaw has become one of the most popular neighborhoods in the District.