Concerns about safety are increasing in and around the H Street corridor neighborhood after another robbery and shooting.
The latest shooting happened Wednesday night around 11:30 p.m. on the 1300 block of G Street in Northeast D.C.
Police say a man was approached from behind by two men demanding his iPhone. They say when the man resisted, he was shot in the jaw. He is expected to survive.
The violence comes on the heels of the shooting death of June Lim last week inside Grace Deli on 7th and H Street. She was shot once in the neck as she was opening up her business. Police believe robbery was the motive.
Bridget Caldwell lives about a block from the G Street crime scene. She is troubled by the crime.
"I was up at the time, so I was very stunned that happened," she says.
The crimes are especially troubling to Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. He says for years, the crime rate in the ward has been dropping. He isn't sure what is behind the recent uptick.
"In particular, when guns are used, this is a concern for everyone," Wells says. "We're going to have to get on top of it and we're going to have to stop it as fast as we can."
There are increased police patrols. Their presence is helping to calm some fears, but not all.
"It's still a ways to go as far as safety in this neighborhood," says Gabe Stutman.
Councilmember Wells says it is important residents and visitors remember that crime can happen anywhere. He says even though the H Street Northeast corridor and its surrounding neighborhood is changing for the better, safety still has to be a priority.
"People are looking for crimes of opportunity," says Wells. "They are assuming that people who are going out on H Street have cash or money on them, and so, we have to not give that opportunity. And also, we have to beef up our patrols with the police. And we're going to have to assure people that they're safe and we have work to do."
The victim in the recent shooting victim is expected to be OK.