I heard from several readers last night via Twitter about the sound of 7-9 gunshots near Delafield and Emerson Streets just past 11pm. No one was injured but several vehicles on the 4900 block of 7th St NW were struck by bullets.
Because of great police work and concerned citizens contacting 911, MPD was able to apprehend two individuals for gun and drug possession. Below is an edited version of what happened:
At approximately 11:18pm / 11:30pm, MPD received a call for "Sounds of Gunshots" in the 400 block of Delafield Place NW. Officers quickly responded and observed a dark colored SUV making a U-turn in the block. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle and the vehicle fled. The vehicle was observed coming through the rear alley of the 800 block of Crittenden St NW.
Officers observed a black male park the vehicle and flee through the rear alley of the 800 block of Crittenden/Decatur. A perimeter was established and a K9 unit was called.
A concerned neighbor stated that there was a man hiding in the backyard of Crittenden St NW. Canine units responded and located two suspects hiding in the yard. A gun dog was able to locate a Taurus Semi Automatic hand gun in the rear of a house on the 800 block of Crittenden St. under a trashcan.
An examination of the vehicle produced two eight-balls of crack cocaine.
Again, great work by MPD! And thanks to Marta, Brian, Zak and José for letting me know and for MPD leadership getting back to me so quickly.