Cameras at library near scene of shooting weren't pointing at Metro stop

There were security cameras near the Shaw/Howard University Metro station where two people were shot in broad daylight over the weekend. That doesn't mean anything was caught on film, though.


A DC Public Library spokesman says cameras at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library point toward the property, not at the Metro stop. WMATA's security cameras, meanwhile, are inside the station.

A Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson on Tuesday said no arrests had been made in connection to the double shooting, which occurred near the station's southern entrance about 2:15 p.m. on Sunday.

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Crime statistics provided by MPD show four homicides have been reported within a quarter-mile of the Shaw station from April 17, 2010, to this past Sunday. There have been more than 200 assaults.

Crimes within Quarter Mile (804.7 Meters) of 1701 8th Street NW                
Offense Total              
Assault with a deadly weapon 72              
Arson 1              
Assault 278              
Burglary 137              
Disorder 75              
Drug 478              
Fraud 33              
Homicide 4              
Interstate Recove 12              
Part II Assault 28              
Property 676              
Prostitution 6              
Robbery 266              
Sex Abuse 9              
Sexual Assault 6              
Shots Fired 2              
Stolen Auto 143              
Theft 357              
Theft F/Auto 523              
Traffic 1              
Warrant 26              
Weapon 22              
Grand Total 3155              

Metro officials have said that surveillance cameras will be installed outside all stations, paid for using Department of Homeland Security grant funding. The District in 2009 paid for 17 outdoor cameras at a cost of $200,000, according to the Washington Times.

The Times reports that the stations with the highest violent crime rates last year were the Maryland stops of Greenbelt, Branch Ave., and New Carrollton, which were all without outdoor cameras.

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