“Call it what it was: gang violence, not parade violence,” said a D.C. lawmaker, urging the public to not associate last weekend’s shooting with the D.C. Caribbean Festival, a summer staple that took place on June 25. The violence left one person dead and three injured.

Four hours after the costumed parade ended at 1 p.m. – earlier than normal – a gang-related incident nearby was quickly judged by the media to be related to the festival, according to Councilmember Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4). But the characterization was wrong – and unfair, she said June 27.

“Not only did the shootings shatter the peace and shock us all, but it appears to be wrongly associated with the Caribbean Carnival parade, which has enjoyed 19 successful, peaceful years on Georgia Avenue,” Bowser stated.

“The shooting makes clear that gang violence in this District is real and much more than a police issue. Police presence in the area on Saturday was massive, yet violence spilled into a festive weekend.”

The Metropolitan Police Department said it has made an arrest in the shooting, which occurred around 5 p.m. in the 700 block of Gresham Place N.W., three blocks south of the parade route, Bowser stated in a press release. The parade was located at Georgia Avenue and Barry Place.

Terry Jiminez, 19, of Buffalo, N.Y., was charged with murder while armed in connection with the death of 43-year-old Robert Foster Jr.

According to MPD, units from the Third District responded to calls of gunshots on June 25. When they arrived, three victims were found at Greshman Place and one was found in the 700 block of Columbia Road, N.W.

All four victims were transported to nearby hospitals, where Foster was pronounced dead.

Councilwoman Bowser said an investigation into logistical planning of the event is needed due to problems linked with a shorter parade and expectations of parade-goers and businesses on Georgia Avenue.


Erica Butler

AFRO Staff Writer