(PresidentialInsider.com)- Shootings in Washington DC has become an all-to-common occurrence. Most of these shootings, however, take place in poor minority neighborhoods and go largely ignored. But this past week, two shootings in more upscale areas of DC drew the national media’s attention.
On July 17, a shooting outside of Nationals Park during a game between the San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals sent fans scrambling for safety in the dugout, and the game was suspended.
And on Thursday of last week gunfire erupted in an upscale DC neighborhood near Logan Circle, sending terrified outdoor diners fleeing for cover.
This neighborhood, with its fancy restaurants, is the stomping ground for many of DC’s movers and shakers, including reporters and politicians. In fact, on Memorial Day, President Biden, Vice President Harris and their spouses went for lunch at Le Diplomate restaurant after the event at Arlington Cemetery.
On Thursday, news reporters and cable news personalities were enjoying an evening out in the area at the time of the shooting.
CNN’s diarist Jim Acosta was on hand and posted video on Twitter of people fleeting the hoity-toity Le Diplomate.
Just hear what sounded like gun shots on 14th street in NW DC. People fleeing the popular Le Diplomate restaurant which seemed a few blocks away. pic.twitter.com/EuD40teccA
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) July 23, 2021
According to DC Metro Police, the shooting was part of a targeted attack and not a random incident.
Reports say over twenty shots were fired and two men were shot, but both survived. Police are looking for a suspect described as a black man wearing a lime green and yellow hooded sweater who is driving an older black Honda Civic with DC tags. But given the sheer volume of car-jackings in DC, who’s to say the car is his?
Police say it appears that one of the two people shot was the intended target, the second man was merely a bystander.
Last weekend, a six year old girl named Nyiah Courtney was struck by gunfire and killed during a drive-by shooting while out riding her scooter. Yet her death went largely unnoticed because Nyiah wasn’t a mover and shaker, nor was that neighborhood a popular haunt for DC reporters and politicians.