DC Drive-By Suspects Sought; Concerns About Retaliation

7:57 PM, Mar 12, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. Police are still searching for the suspects in Monday's drive-by shooting that wounded 13 people in North Capitol.  

On Tuesday, a D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells said he's worried about retaliation escalating the violence.

"Oh man, my son, he was crying, Daddy, Daddy," said Darius Day. 

Tyler House residents like Darius Day say they're living on edge, worried that this drive-by shooting could lead to more violence.

"Very concerned about any retaliation."

Councilmember Wells came to Tyler House to reassure residents that solving this crime is the city's top priority. But even the Councilmember admits they've got few leads.

"Very impressive how little is known about what happened," he said. 

Police spent Tuesday executing search warrants on at least two cars that might have been used in the shooting. But so far, no arrests and no motive.

One theory is that an argument started inside a nearby nightclub, which then spilled out into the streets.

"We've had a number of car break-ins. We've had a number of robberies and events around the two nightclubs and... I'm definitely going to do my best to remove the nightclubs from this area," Councilmember Wells said. 

The nightclubs sit right in the middle of this up and coming NOMA neighborhood. On this side, the North Capitol Street side where Tyler House is located, is where the shooting took place. But on the other side you've got a lot of new development, new residential and office spaces. 

So a lot of people including Councilmember Wells are worried that these night clubs are hurting the growth of this area.

But Management at both Fur and Ibiza nightclubs declined to comment.

"Having nightclubs in this area is incompatible with the new, emerging neighborhood," Wells said. 

"For people, you know, drinking and partying, it doesn't mix with a community that's trying to come up,"Day said. 

To make matters worse, the Boys and Girls Club, that is one block away, is closing at the end of the month.

"So where are these kids going to go? What are they going to do?" Day said. 

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