DC Police increase patrols, offering reward after shootout caught on camera

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    DC Police have stepped up patrols in a Northeast Washington neighborhood, after Seven On Your Side shared video of a scary shootout caught on camera.

    It happened on Newton Street Northeast, a community where homeowners say they’re frustrated by the frequent sound of gunshots.

    Cecilia Ford and her 97-year-old mother reached their breaking point last Saturday.

    “You may hear three shots, six shots, but this was about 30 rounds. Just zing, zing, bouncing off everything. It was just wild and random,” said Ford.

    Their surveillance cameras captured video of the shootout at about 6 p.m. Saturday. A group of young men can be seen in that video, shooting at random. A power line, a Metro Access van, and several homes were hit in the gunfire that followed.

    Ford sent the video to the Metropolitan Police Department and to ABC 7. But she says it wasn’t until after ABC 7 aired the story that she heard back from DC Police.

    “I have heard from detectives, I’ve heard from the chief himself, he did respond to my email,” she said. “They said there will be an increase in law enforcement patrols.

    Already, Ford says she has noticed more patrol cars in her neighborhood. She considers that a step in the right direction.

    “I’ll feel more comfortable once they are apprehended, so I know the people can’t repeat this action,” she said. “But being that patrols have increased, I also feel that they will not repeat this action.”

    In an email, she says Chief Peter Newsham said surveillance video of the shootout was disturbing to watch.

    MPD shared the video on in its YouTube page on Thursday. The department is asking for the public’s help in identifying four people seen in the video and is offering a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone with information that leads to an arrest.

    Anyone who can help identify the individuals seen in that video footage should call DC Police at 202-727-9099 or text tips to 50411.

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