Press Release | July 7, 2015

Nadeau Statement on Incident in Columbia Heights - Office of Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau

WASHINGTON — In response to shots fired this afternoon at the park located at 15th and Girard Streets NW, Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau released the following statement:

"I can only imagine how upsetting this was for residents, especially families with children in the area.

"Immediately following this incident I spoke with the director of Parks and Rec, who relayed to me what steps they took to keep the children safe, and also what MPD is doing to pursue those involved. As weather gets nice over the summer we’ve noticed an uptick in these incidents and are working closely with MPD to address them. In addition to my regular communications with MPD about their efforts in Columbia Heights, my office is working to support community-police collaboration that focuses police attention on the area. We will also be holding a public safety walk with MPD in the area. In the long term, I am working to ensure MPD has the resources they need to prevent these kinds of incidents, while applying constant pressure on MPD so that they leave no stone unturned in their efforts to keep Ward 1 safe.

"There is nothing I can say to make you feel better about what happened today, I’m sure. But I want you to know I’m taking it very seriously, as is DPR and MPD."

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