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Man Shot Near Braddock Road Metro Station

Victim in stable condition. Police say shooting not thought connected to Lodato homicide.

Shooting occurred Sunday.
Shooting occurred Sunday.
The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred near the Braddock Road Metro station near N. Payne and Wythe streets.

Police responded to a call of multiple shots fired in the area about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release. Officers located a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. He was taken to an area hospital where he is listed in stable condition, the release said.

"The Alexandria Police Department realizes that the public is still very concerned regarding the recent Lodato homicide," the release said. "Though this investigation is in the initial phase, obvious differences in the crimes lead detectives to believe that these incidents are not connected."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Dan Gordon with the Alexandria Police Department at 703-746-6685.
matt tallmerq February 24, 2014 at 12:08 PM
This is what I've been warning about on this site for weeks. We have seen an increase in shootings in the North Old Town area -- despite what others on this website may think. I though someone would wind up getting shot and seriously wounded. I pray that the victim and his family are alright. I also pray that an innocent bystander is not the next victim of this violence. BTW: There was a car chase involving multiple accidents that started on N. Alfred & Wythe Streets and wound its way down Washington (at a high rate of speed) on Saturday afternoon. As I have been saying: What will it take for those of us in North Old Town to get adequate APD protection.
Mike Dray February 24, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Well these are the typical incidents involved with "affordable housing" communities. I believe two years ago there was a murder at that exact location. The city allows ARHA to mix the communities throughout the city putting citizens at risk. I heard on the scanner on Saturday night there was a shooting on the West End too. Also, since all police resources are being spent in Del Ray with the murders, a consequence will be that other areas of the city won't be given as much attention (not complaining, it's just how it goes). I read that the police budget is being cut again this year along with poor salaries for current officers that have been overworked and are leaving for better depts or are frustrated and unmotivated. Violent crime is set to rise in the city. Hope they have some leads on this one and make an arrest before more bullets fly in retaliation.
matt tallmerq February 24, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Sorry for snapping at you earlier Mike. There was a drive by on North Columbus, and another on North Payne a couple of weeks ago before the latest incident. And there were four shots fired on 2/9 (I know, I reported it; I used to target shoot and even showed the responding officer one of the targets I hit when he asked how I knew it was gunshots) -- it was my understanding it was a drive-by. In addition, there was a drive-by shooting of on e of the new EYA houses on Madison Street over the summer. To its credit, APD made arrests in that case -- which apparently involved drugs. I agree with affordable housing. My question is: Why did everyone in our area know the shootings were retaliatory and were increasing, but APD didn't or didn't act?
Yukon Cornelius February 24, 2014 at 01:22 PM
until some arrests start getting made on these random killings, people are not going to be as worried about the consequences as they should be -- need to get their act together and solve these crimes and make examples out of them.
Doug February 24, 2014 at 01:30 PM
I walk past Wythe and N. Payne twice, every day, M-F as I go to and from the Metro. It's one thing to walk in that area at 8:00 am and it's a totally different thing to walk that area at 7:30 pm. To put it another way: there is a big difference in the feeling of my personal well-being and safety between light and darkness. Did you all hear about the mugging, supposedly at gun point, on the evening of February 9th on the walking trail between the Braddock Road and King Street Metros? I cannot find the article online but I saw the story in the Alexandria Times print edition from last week. Sooner or later the victim of one of these shootings will be either an innocent bystander or a homeowner. When several shots rang out in front of the Old Town Grocery (Pendleton Street) just before Christmas the first thing I thought of was weather my wife and daughter, sitting in the bay window, were safe. And not because I thought they were being targeted. Rather, because of a stray bullet going through either a window or the thin walls of our old house.
Doug February 24, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Join the North Old Town list-serv if you all want to keep in touch about these issues. We are a Yahoo! Group: "northoldtown"
Mike Dray February 24, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Matt- I highly doubt APD didn't know there was a retaliatory nature to these incidents. However, as I can imagine- I both sides are shooting at each other and are the type of people I imagine they are- there is little to no chance of them talking to police. In fact those neighborhoods usually lie. If evidence was collected it usually takes a while to get results, build cases, conduct interviews etc. Combine that with all that has gone on in Alexandria recenty, I would guess staffing and priorities are tough right now. As a former resident I always had support of my police. I just believe some patience is in order. As far as your info about the numerous drive by shootings, my sources still tell me there have been reports of shots but no drive bys. Until it gets confirmed I stay skeptical.
matt tallmerq February 24, 2014 at 02:26 PM
There also was a drive-by shooting on N. Payne within the past month or so (not he one referred to in this article).
Brent February 24, 2014 at 02:31 PM
Matt, can you provide details about the alleged drive-by on Madison St. over the summer? Those of us living at Old Town Commons keep a pretty close tab on things and I recall nothing like that. There were shots fired (apparently at random) a year ago this week within one of the Old Town Commons blocks but no one was hit and, far as I know, there was no arrest. I don't recall any gun play over here since then -- but would sure like to know if it happened.
matt tallmerq February 24, 2014 at 02:46 PM
There was one on North Columbus Street. Here is a copy of the APD report: 13-151411 Police Information/ Suspicious Event 800 Pendleton Street 1616 hours Officers were dispatched to the area to investigate the report of shots fired. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate a victim or evidence of a shooting. Several reports stated that a vehicle was involved, but left the scene to officers arriving. We conducted an investigation which included a neighborhood canvass and we completed an incident report. There are no victims/damage/leads and this case is terminated.
Brent February 24, 2014 at 02:52 PM
OK, yeah, I remember something on Pendleton but NOT Madison, right? We did have some random gunfire within Old Town Commons about a year ago but it was apparently just somebody firing off a few shots in the middle of the night. The bricks on one townhouse were shipped by the rounds but nobody was hit; apparently just some guys letting off steam the way sometimes happens.
matt tallmerq February 24, 2014 at 02:53 PM
Brent: That's the incident I was referring to. Was told by some LEO folks I know it was a drive by involving drug dealing at a building on 1000 or 1100 block of Madison (can't remember exact address). I didn't say any one was hurt. APD did make a couple of arrests.
matt tallmerq February 24, 2014 at 02:53 PM
Brent: The other incidents were on North Columbus, North Payne (twice), and yesterday.
Brent February 24, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Matt, do you have specific addresses for all these incidents? (for instance, where on North Columbus?). Old Town Commons residents will be interested; there has been a lot of conjecture here about the level to which reports of gunfire in the area might or might not be exaggerated. I don't think anyone here has been aware of gunfire since last February.
Brent February 24, 2014 at 03:08 PM
OTC only covers the 800 and 900 blocks of Madison -- so by our standards that's "a long way off." :-) Thanks for clarifying.
matt tallmerq February 24, 2014 at 03:51 PM
The North Columbus Street shooting was the one I quoted from APD reports. It started in front of OT Grocery (800 Pendleton), the kid ran south on N. Alfred, whereupon shots were fired at him (they apparently missed), kid then ran down Pendleton to Columbus and south on that street, still pursued by the car, the occupants of which fired a few more rounds at him along Columbus. Thank God they were lousy shots.
matt tallmerq February 24, 2014 at 03:52 PM
Brent: I don't have an exact address for where the shots were fired on N. Columbus, but have heard it was between 600-500 block. Could have been 500-400.
Catherine Moran February 25, 2014 at 05:04 PM
@Paul, I also know someone who was mugged at gunpoint on N. Alfred and Queen (or thereabouts) in mid-October. I think part of the issue here is that while the police certainly know about it, they don't put the fact that guns were used in the police report (my friend's incident, last i checked on the website, was "pending" write-up, meanwhile an incident where two weeks later a woman left her purse unattended and it was stolen--THAT got a full paragraph. I think they're trying to keep the media from catching on and creating panic. And a quick word on affordable housing--I think that we need to be careful about assumptions we jump to. The city is currently in the process of removing the big blocks of public housing (think all the demolition and construction on Madison and Rt 1), and mixing affordable units in with the market rate units. THIS is how to prevent the de-facto ghettos that big blocks of affordable units often become. The shots fired came from one of these---not from the mixed income area.
Concerned Virginian February 28, 2014 at 09:05 AM
Starting*
Trace March 03, 2014 at 10:53 PM
Utterly outrageous. 6:30pm on a Sunday?! This should not be happening in Old Town and needs to be addressed with increased police presence. I would happily pay more tax dollars to see to it that people can safely walk to and from the metro on a Sunday evening at 6:30pm without getting shot.
Trace March 07, 2014 at 03:26 PM
Any more updates/info on this incident?
Jeff Shad March 15, 2014 at 02:55 AM
These types of incidents are happening everywhere in the United States and are massively underreported by our conservative media. There is a direct correlation with weakening of gun control laws, although the American public prefers to blame poor black people instead.
RG March 16, 2014 at 10:53 PM
@ Mike Dray "The city allows ARHA to mix the communities throughout the city putting citizens at risk." WTF, mix the communities ..Wowwww... Looks like the " KKK" has come out from undercover and voiced their hate of mixing of races on here. I guess you would start growling and foaming at the mouth, if you saw my wife of a different race walking down the street holding hands.
Mike Dray March 16, 2014 at 11:39 PM
@RG- Wow your assumptions and ignorance is overwhelming. This isn't a race issue, as some people like yourself love to preach about in an attempt to cover up the real issue. There are all races in ARHA and there are all races that live in the market rate houses. Also you don't even know what race I am and I doubt your wife of whatever race would anger anyone in Old Town given the fact it's a melting pot. You're so narrow minded I hope you can someday see the bigger picture. My comment has to do with the fact, yes fact, that ARHA housing, in the past and present, breads violent crime. Scattering ARHA will scatter and increase the chances of violent crimes in these neighborhoods where people are paying a pretty penny for their house (white, black, Asians alike). I could go into the studies about correlations between low economics and crime or the fact that is someone pays zero for property they won't take care of it. When ARHA was centralized, it was easier for the police to focus on that community. All this aside, I stand by my non racist comment and believe mixing ARHA will be a harder challenge for police and residents should expect more violence scattered. Get some education RG.
Patch Reader March 17, 2014 at 07:57 AM
The reality--in Alexandria and elsewhere--is that scattering public housing does not spread crime, and lessens crime in areas where public housing was previously concentrated.
RG March 17, 2014 at 02:18 PM
@Patch Reader 100% agree...some people like @Mike Dray want to blame the mixing of races as the cause of crime... Oh and Mike, you are such a joke.. He actually got so upset that he took the time to go an post on another subject i had posted on.. just because i put him on blast for his racist comments here... @Jeff Shad , watch out Mike Dray wont like you for posting that black people are not the source of all crime.

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