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Most shooters don’t get caught

12/06/2004 7:56 AM by

In City confronts deadly cycle, the RTD talks about how shootings often go unsolved and then lead to street retribution. Specifically mentions an incident that puts shooters at 28th and R Streets, as well as 20th and P Streets…

From the article:

Roughly one in 30 attempted murders and aggravated assaults involving firearms – the technical term for shooting at people and hitting them – results in someone going to prison, a Times-Dispatch review of crime incident reports and court records for 2002 and 2003 showed. The newspaper analysis is based on the incident reports the police department posts online.

The reports show 81 arrests in 346 incidents last year, for an arrest rate of 23 percent.

The department’s separate internal tally shows 135 arrests and 352 cases, although the figures include arrests for crimes committed before 2003. That is the way federal rules require arrests be reported, instead of the case-by-case approach in the Times-Dispatch analysis. The federal approach seeks to take into account arrests that happen long after a crime has been committed, while the case-by-case approach has a shorter-term focus.

A Times-Dispatch analysis this year found about a third of homicide cases result in someone going to prison. Arrests are made in about half the cases.


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