Caribbean Festival is a pretty big deal in my neighborhood, so it was doubly sad to miss it this past weekend and return to learn that the event had attracted violence from local crews that resulted in a deadly shoot-out. The chief suspect, a nineteen year-old, had just returned to the city from an exile that began after a drive-by shooting targeting him resulted in the death of a teenage girl. From the police reports:

Investigators say Jimenez, a member of the Hobart Stars crew, was posturing against a member of the Clifton Terrace University crew along Georgia Avenue on Saturday afternoon. When the other man turned to leave the street with his two friends, Jimenez and his friends followed them. The men’s posturing turned to showing each other their weapons, then Jimenez walked toward the CTU men, ducked behind a car, and fired his .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol at them. Two of the men answered back with gunfire of their own in his direction.

Scary stuff.


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