Wagswoofs – Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, had its first murder of the year just one hour after midnight on January 1.
Around 1:18 a.m. Monday, police went to the 4300 block of Military Road after getting a call and found a woman who had been shot in a hotel room.
Police say the victim is Ashlei Hinds, 18, from Clinton, Maryland. She was found unconscious and not responding. EMS tried to save Hinds’ life, but he died at the scene.
According to FOX 5 DC said that Hinds was having a party with a group of people in a hotel room at the Embassy Suites in Friendship Heights. The story said that when someone was told to leave the party, he pulled out a gun and started shooting at the people there.
According to the Metropolitan Police Department, the suspect is approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall and was dressed in black clothing, including a black ski mask. After the incident, the man was observed leaving the scene on foot.
According to FOX 5, New Year’s Day saw several reports of stabbings, a shooting, and three cases of armed robberies.
In 2020, Washington, D.C. experienced its highest number of homicides in 23 years, resulting in it having the fifth-highest murder rate among the country’s major cities.
According to the city’s data, the number of homicides reported in the District in 2023 rose by 35% compared to the previous year, reaching a total of 274 cases. Additionally, carjackings almost doubled, while car thefts increased by 83%. Overall, violent crime experienced a significant increase of nearly 40% throughout the year.
Washington, D.C. Councilmember Matt Frumin emphasized that addressing gun violence should be the utmost concern for public officials.
“This morning, tragedy struck at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Friendship Heights as a member of a group of friends shot and killed a young woman during their gathering. It is truly heartbreaking to think that instead of joyfully welcoming the New Year, her loved ones are now consumed by grief. My deepest condolences go out to her family and friends. We have been in touch with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) since the incident occurred,” stated Frumin.
Councilmember Frumin has recently shared his plans to organize a public safety forum on January 17th at 6 p.m. The event will take place at the Cleveland Park Library and will feature esteemed guests including Washington, D.C. Police Chief Pamela Smith, U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves, and Attorney General Brian Schwalb. This forum aims to address important issues concerning public safety in our community.
“I believe that the MPD is taking every possible action to capture the shooter,” he stated. “Our city is plagued by a rampant gun violence problem that affects all residents, regardless of their age, income, or Ward. It is imperative that we collaborate across government agencies to strengthen public safety organizations and combat this wave of violence.”