There may have been an abortive home invasion attempt in D.C. Wednesday night. A husband and wife, who live just off North Capitol Street, were terrified by a gunman before he backed away from their rear door.
Janai and Brian Macklin (and their four children) live in a D.C. neighborhood called Bloomingdale. It's an area in transition, with property values going up, and young families moving in.
The Macklins faced a frightening incident on Wednesday night. Around 10 p.m., Mr. Macklin went into the alley behind Quincy Place to move his car. He noticed two young men running, then, as he got out of his car in his garage, one of the young men appeared, and asked for water.
"I'm handing him the water," Brian Macklin recounted during an interview. "And he's standing where you're standing. And he pulls down his mask and pulls out a gun. And holds it in my face like this ... I throw the water at the guy."
Macklin then turned and ran, dodging left and right, fearful that the gunman might squeeze off a round. Brian Macklin escaped down a nearby alley.
Mrs. Macklin heard the ruckus and went to the back door.
"As soon as I peeked out of the door," recalled Mrs. Macklin, "[the gunman] came running back and put the gun in my face. And just stood there, with the gun just pointed at my face ... He didn't say anything."
The gunman then chose to run off down the alley, so neither of the Macklins was hurt. Nor were their children who were asleep upstairs. Police responded quickly and took a description. So far, no arrest has been announced.
The Macklins plan to have security cameras placed all around the outside of their home, and they're taking other protective measures. But they're wondering whether to stay in Bloomingdale.
"I mean, we would love to stay here," said Brian Macklin, shaking his head. "We want to stay here. We have roots here. But, like I said, we don't want to die, either."
At a community meeting scheduled for next Tuesday night, the Macklins will urge all their neighbors to also install security cameras, particularly ones that face the alley behind Quincy Place.