WASHINGTON — Overall, the number of crimes committed in D.C. this year is fairly consistent with where it was last year, except for one noticeable difference: a lot more crimes are being committed with a gun.
“It’s up and it’s trending up,” says Delroy Burton, chairman of the D.C. Police Union.
A report from the D.C.’s Office of Revenue Analysis says gun crimes are up 20 percent from last year.
The biggest jump in gun crimes has been seen in neighborhoods including Petworth, Capitol Hill and Congress Heights.
Gun crimes this summer are also higher than in the summers of 2012 and 2013 and in those years the total number of gun crimes was about the same as this year.
City leaders attribute the spike in violent crime to synthetic drugs, however, Burton disagrees.
“There’s no evidence to support that anywhere. They can’t test for synthetic drugs, so how are they making the claims,” he says.
The Deanwood area saw the biggest drop in gun crimes, however, the report still notes it is remains one of the most violent neighborhoods.