WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Special Sensors Detected 40,000 Gunshots In D.C. Over Eight Years

Play associated audio

D.C. may have some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, but groundbreaking audio technology deployed by police shows how frequent gunfire is in the city.

According to the Washington Post, there have been nearly 40,000 separate incidents of gunfire documented by Shotspotter technology in D.C. over the past eight years.

Shotspotter is a network of 300-plus acoustic sensors that alert police when a shot is fired. The sensors can usually pinpoint it to a couple of yards of where the shooting took place. The sensors cover about one-third of D.C.

Police say the technology helps them get to the scene quickly and is useful because gunfire is not always reported by police, and it also allows them to know where potential battles are breaking out between gangs.

According to the Post analysis, Shotspotter recorded 9,000 incidents of gunfire in 2009, but that figure has dropped significantly in recent years.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 23

You can liven up your step with some funky, reggae music or dance like you’re the only person riding the Metro.

NPR

Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes

A new report finds that the average compensation of fast-food CEOs has quadrupled since 2000. By comparison, worker wages have increased less than 1 percent.
WAMU 88.5

McDonnell Legal Defense Fund Has Raised $150,000 This Year

The legal defense fund for Bob and Maureen McDonnell has raised nearly $150,000 during the first quarter this year, including several thousand from former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

NPR

The Price War Over The Cloud Has High Stakes For The Internet

Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others are competing to be the main landlords of the cloud. Their terms and prices could control who gets to build what on the Internet, and for how much.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.