Neighbors Duck Bullets Near Potomac Gardens on Capitol Hill

Police Are Searching for the Suspects' Cars

Capitol Hill neighbors are reeling after gunmen opened fire by the intersection of 12th and G Streets SE near Potomac Gardens Public Housing on May 1 around 6:45 p.m.

Witnesses said they saw the two men with guns fire a few dozen shots in the middle of the sidewalk at a high-traffic time of day—cars were backed up on the nearby Pennsylvania Avenue SE corridor. Families walking children had to duck for cover and others ran.

“I was one of those who ducked for cover (into Gourmet Express) to protect my 3yo son, with whom I was on a walk,” one neighbor wrote on a local listserv. “It was horrifying.”

Police said they are still searching for the shooters, but know that a silver Nissan Altima and gold van were seen fleeing the area. So far, no one has reported any injuries.

First District Commander Morgan Kane sent a message to neighbors requesting anyone who witnessed the incident call the police at 202-727-9099 with the information. Also, if you have video, please send that to police.

“I have been, and will continue to stay, in close communication with our detectives and housing police as we seek to identify those involved and work to prevent any further incidents from occurring,” Kane wrote.

ANC Commissioner Aimee Grace (6B07) said she is speaking with Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen and the DC Housing Authority to get to the bottom of the incident. Allen also posted to Twitter that he is in contact with Kane about the investigation and plans moving forward.

“We are all committed to making our neighborhood safer and will keep you posted with updates,” Grace wrote neighbors Tuesday.