WP: Checkpoints Return
The Post reports that the checkpoints will return for five days. As the Post reports, but facts are still getting sorted out here, it currently appears that the groups the men in the car sought to rob were chosen at random. This also means that the shooting victims were randomly chosen, and not targeted for any other reason than that they happened to be outside at the wrong time. Personally, I would wonder why if a single group's goal was to rob people they didn't immediately take off and leave the neighborhood after the first robbery that went so wrong that someone was shot. Police plan to release sketches of the suspects shortly. Please note Chief Lanier's comment [also referenced in an email below] that all of the victims in the associated incidents were shot in the back, or shot while attempting to flee their attackers.
Also, I wanted to point out the text message service that is now available. You can contact the police by texting the number 50411. Please note that the police refer to this as their anonymous text number, so they won't be calling you back. This is a handy tool anytime, and works very well in situations where you can't just get on the phone and tell the operator what you are seeing. It also means not spending time on hold. But you still need to call the cops if you need to talk to an operator and give a description of a suspect, or anything else, so DO NOT USE THE TEXT SERVICE IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. The text message service is probably best for things like alerting the police that drug dealers are standing on your corner doing business, but not so good for reporting the fight going on outside. Here's what MPD says about their new text service-
Give 5-0 the 411 with the new Text Tip Line: 50411. Text messages are monitored by members of the department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tips are then analyzed and passed on to the appropriate unit or division for follow-up. Because the tip line is anonymous, the sender will not receive a response to the original message.
Neither of these anonymous tips lines is an emergency number. If you witness a crime in progress or have an emergency that requires the police, please call 911.