Yesterday there was a shooting in broad daylight near Washington, DC. Logan’s Circle.
Cliford Ortman watched as people inside a black sedan slowly walked past the Amazon Fresh store before at least three guns fired at a group of young adults, he said.
Moments later, he said he saw two guns fire at the vehicle from behind a fence. The exchange of shots lasted up to a minute before the black car drove away, he said.
Ortman, 36, yelled at everyone near him to “come into the store.” It was shortly after 8 pm
As the sound of gunfire echoed, people ran, stumbled, screamed and cried, Ortman said.
CNN’s Jim Acosta was at a nearby restaurant and caught some of the shooting and reaction (this is the best reporting he’s done in years):
Just listen to what sounded like gunshots on 14th Street in NW DC. People fleeing the popular Le Diplomate restaurant that seemed to be a few blocks away. pic.twitter.com/EuD40teccA
– Jim Acosta (@Acosta) July 23, 2021
One witness described a few seconds of confusion followed by “ultra panic.”
This man was a witness to what happened in the DC shooting. pic.twitter.com/FoEXtD6cOE
– Jim Acosta (@Acosta) July 23, 2021
Police released a video showing some of the shots:
– Kolbie Satterfield (@KolbieReports) July 23, 2021
Police were patrolling nearby and arrived at the scene seconds after the shooting. They found that two people had been shot.
All of that is a background to something that happened today. The DC police chief was enraged in front of a group of reporters saying he was “crazy as hell” at the increase in violence in the city. Chief Robert Contee said the problem wasn’t the police, it was a justice system that pampers violent criminals and drives them back to the streets.
“We have to really figure out what we want to do as a city in terms of how we respond to this,” Chief Contee said. He continued: “I am going to explain to you directly … where the problems are. The ecosystem, the justice system that we have right now, is not working as it should. “
He went on to say that because the courts are barely open there is a large backlog of criminal cases and most of the people charged in those cases are back in the community while they wait for the system to catch up. they have a viscous cycle of bad actors doing things, not being held accountable and ending up back in the community, ”he said. “I guarantee it when we lock up whoever did this [shooting Thursday]They will not be strangers to us ”, he added.
“You cannot spoil violent criminals. You can not. You can’t deal with the violent criminals who are here making communities unsafe for you, your loved ones, for me, for my loved ones, they may not want a job! Maybe not. They may not need services. What they may require is to be off our streets because they make it unsafe for us. And if that is what it requires, then that is what it requires. We have to admit it … Because if we don’t, we see more of this. “
I don’t think you can love this spiel more than me. It is comforting to see a police chief, and frankly a black police chief, speaking and fully understanding the rise in crime. You can see all here including a follow-up question where the boss points to lenient judges as part of the problem.
There is also a portion of your comments in this segment of the Five. I’m including this because Greg Gutfeld has a solid hit on CNN who has explicitly downplayed the idea of increased violence, but covered this shooting, probably because Acosta was there. Perhaps, Gutfeld suggests, this is what it takes for leftist reporters to take this seriously. They need to hear the bullets flying in their neighborhoods and the places where they go to dine.