ShotSpotter is a system used by law enforcement to detect gunshots. It uses rooftop sensors placed throughout city neighborhoods which can hear when a shot has been fired, and can alert the authorities.
The Post used a public records request to get D.C.’s ShotSpotter data. What they found was pretty remarkable. Some neighborhoods, like Columbia Heights and Trinidad, really stick out for their high rates of gunfire. Certain days stand out too; fully 24 percent of incidents in the past eight years were logged on or around July 4, and another 10 percent were logged around New Year’s Day.
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