No Easy Answers at Florida and North Capitol

The story of Bill Mitchell’s death on Jan. 19 has been as much about the Truxton Cirle neighborhood as the crime itself. Mitchell was shot while intervening in a dispute between a man and woman on the street, according to reports. Residents have said they were shocked, but not entirely surprised.

Mari, of In Shaw, left this comment here last week:

The corner of Fl and N. Cap have been a problem as long as I’ve lived here (10 years) if not longer. There are several bus stops and a liquor store on that corner and there have been several failed attempts by BACA (Bates Area Civic Assoc) and other organizations to close up the liquor store and address that corner.

Part of the problem is the concentration of social services in the area.

Last night, city leaders toured the area:
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A Shrine for Bill Mitchell

Washington’s Other Monuments has new photos of a small memorial set up for Bill Mitchell, killed on January 19 near Truxton Circle.

Homicide is an “Escalation” in a Neighborhood Trying to Fight Back

For residents of Truxton Circle and Bloomingdale, on the edge of Northwest and Northeast D.C., the problems start small: litter, loitering, street lights. They quickly get bigger: theft, robbery, homicide.

Last week’s killing of 33-year-old Bill Mitchell at the intersection of Florida Avenue and North Capitol Street has shaken a community that feels as if they are doing everything they can to stem that trajectory of decline.

The entire community has been rocked by this,” said Lorna Hooks, executive director of North Capitol Main Street, a redevelopment group for the area. “We have a lot of robberies and a lot of theft. That the crime is becoming more aggressive and more violent, we do not want to see that escalate unchecked.”
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Video from Vigil for Bill Mitchell

Friends and family remembered Bill Mitchell last night. The 33-year-old was killed near Truxton Circle last week. According to reports, he was trying to help a woman in distress.

MyFoxDC has video from last night’s vigil:

Community Remembers Slain Resident:

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Description Given for Person of Interest in the Shooting Death of Bill Mitchell Jr.

Metro Police are looking for a black male in his early 20’s in connection with the fatal shooting of Bill Mitchell, Jr. at North Capitol Street and Florida Avenue Northwest on January 19.

At a community meeting Tuesday night, officials said according to video surveillance, the man is in his early 20’s, black and about 5‘6 tall. In the video he was wearing “a very distinct looking jacket” with palm trees on the back and “scarface” written in script. Authorities said they believe he is “anchored” to the area and lives, or has connections, nearby.
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More Details in Truxton Circle Shooting of Billy Mitchell

MyFoxDC has more details on the Truxton Circle shooting that killed 33-year-old Billy Mitchell late Wednesday night/ early Thursday morning.

Here’s the press release from Metro PD:
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Truxton Circle Homicide Victim Identified as Billy Mitchell

Bill Mitchell wrote in to Bloomingdale today saying that the victim of last night’s homicide in Truxton Circle is his son, Billy.

My son Billy was shot and killed last night at about 11:00 to 11:30 PM at North Capitol and Florida. I don`t have many details. Please put out a notice on the Bloomingdale list serve and ask for information from any witnesses — who can contact MPD Homicide Detective Milton Norris at 202 - 497 - 4734 (cell).

Homicide Watch D.C. tried to contact Mr. Mitchell but could not find a listed phone number.

Update 5 p.m.: Homicide Watch has a call in to Mr. Mitchell.

Truxton Circle Shooting

This just in from Metro PD:

On Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at 2311 hours, units from the Fifth District were dispatched to the intersection of North Capitol St and Florida Ave to investigate a report of the sound of gunshots. Prior to their arrival, a unit from the First District was flagged down by a citizen and advised of a shooting victim on the Northwest corner of the intersection of North Capitol St. and Florida Ave. NW . DCFEMS responded to the scene and transported the victim (an adult male) to an area hospital, suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso. The victim later died as a result of the injuries. Violent Crime Branch detectives are investigating the case and ask if anyone has information please contact MPD immediately 202-727-9099.

Man Shot at Florida Avenue Park Dies

A man who was shot late Wednesday night in D.C.’s Truxton Circle neighborhood has died of his injuries, TBD reports.

According to the Washington Post, the man was shot in the chest at a park at Florida Avenue and North Capitol Street.

The man was found by D.C. police responding to reports of gunshots at about 11:10 p.m.

Metro Police confirmed this morning that the man died at 12:21 a.m.

A suspect lookout was issued for “a black male, about 5’6” tall, wearing dark clothing… riding a bike.”

We’ll update as we learn more.