I don't know what to write about, so I'll tell you about the shootings around here lately. Bad shit. This mother and daughter around the corner were bringing in their groceries, and some teenagers shot them. For no apparent reason. Hit the daughter in the stomach and hit the mom in the arm. Lately they're shooting near the corner of 4th NW and Butternut, around the corner from Coolidge High School - on Football Fridays. Twenty, thirty rounds popped off at a time. I live on 3rd NW the other side of Coolidge HS. Last week they were shooting at 4:00 in the afternoon, a few days ago it was around 1:00 pm - right by the subway station. They found a dead guy soaked in his own blood in a car last week on 8th. A month ago a guy got dropped point blank in the liquor store parking lot right across from the subway. My street seems somewhat safe, though, a pocket of relative safetly, a well lit main drag wider than other streets in the neighborhood, a lot of cops drive by. Northwest DC, in general, is safer than most parts of the city. This recent spike in crime around here has people freaked out.

Southeast DC is where the wild shit happens all the time: Anacostia, Berry Farm, around the bases, certain streets are nightmarish: Benning, Alabama, Stanton, Langston, Good Hope Road, Savannah Sumner, South Capitol etc. Kids getting hit by stray bullets in northeast - a few times this year - this young girl was sitting there watching TV a while back, a gun fight broke out right outside, and she got hit in the back of the head by a stray and killed. I think what happened with that case was they figured out who shot that little girl - whose gun the bullet came out of - figured out what city he fled to (Richmond), and splashed his photo and last known location on the news, and the fucker felt cornered, and he drank a bunch of draino and hung himself too - or some crazy shit like that. Lately it's been really bad for teenagers - - more of them hit this year than before - shit - at Ballou High School, kids run in the school and shoot other kids, drive-by shootings, etc. Picked off right at school. This football star at Ballou got killed. You've heard of Columbine High School, but have you heard of Ballou? It's bad everywhere in DC, I guess. It was improving, and then it went to shit again. DC regained its distinction as murder capitol of America recently - it passed Detroit or whatever. But it had been improving from the last time it held that title - back in the early crack years - during the eighties.

There are worse places, I suppose, there's crime everywhere. My college town, Norfolk, VA, I heard shots all the time at night. One summer somebody had a fuckin machine gun, off and on all night: DIT DIT DIT DIT DIT DIT !!, - - - there are definitely worse places - - like FALLUJA!! Falluja right now - currently - at this moment getting pounded by US forces. You know the civilian casualty reports will be down played, down right lied about, covered up - don't even ask. I wish they'd march George Bush down the street in either Falluja or southeast DC - let him see first hand how safe he's made the world.

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