Interim Police Chief urges community members to come forward about Anacostia shooting

Interim Chief of Police Peter Newsham on Tuesday urged the community to come forward with any details about recent shooting in Anacostia.

According to police, 68-year-old Vivian Marrow was killed, and a second man was hospitalized after they were both shot Monday on the 2400 block of Elvans Road. Police said Marrow was on her way to the grocery store when she was shot.

“The circumstance is like I said– senseless. It’s tragic,” Newsham said. This is a beloved person– and I’ll say to the person who is responsible- you know what, you need to come in and let us know what you did. You may have a beef with somebody else…you’ve taken a woman out of a community who had no business losing her live at this point.”

Though Newsham said he couldn’t release the full details of the shooting he did say there were people at the scene of the crime who should have insight on the matter.

“It was broad daylight,” Newsham said. “It was a relatively mild day in that community there were a number of people out there, I was up on the scene shortly after it happened, so there are folks we really want to listen and if they have some information, to share it.”

According to Newsham, there is no established motive though it’s definite that Marrow was not the intended target. It’s unclear whether the man shot in the incident was the intended target. Police said they now believe there was a single shooter and not a shooter exchange, as previously reported.

At a press conference Tuesday when asked about a surveillance camera in the area, Newsham said they are not in a position to show the video.

Newsham acknowledged multiple times throughout the conference that community insight on the shooting would help further the investigation.

“At the end of the day we’re pretty certain there’s somebody out there that knows something,” Newsham said. “And the best thing they can do for this community and Washington D.C. as a whole is to come forward and let us know.”


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