A man was gunned down on a Northeast D.C. street Sunday night just steps from a 5-year-old playing in a kiddie pool.
Witnesses say 36-year-old Timothy Bing was standing in front of his home just after 10 p.m. just off H Street when a gunman walked up and opened fire hitting him in the chest and killing him.
The child immediately began screaming as police raced to the scene and neighbors say the boy was not harmed, but may have seen the murder.
The fatal shooting happened on a street in a neighborhood that has been gentrifying rapidly. It is just blocks from Union Station with nearby upscale apartments and restaurants.
Dinesh and Nidhi Tandon own Indigo, a restaurant in the area just up the street from where the murder took place. The cameras on the side of their building captured some of what happened.
“On the camera, when I zoom in, I see six shots fired,” said Dinesh Tandon. “Everybody says four shots, but my camera catches six shots.”
The Tandons have been in business for about two years and said the house where the victim was living is a place where people are always hanging out.
"Pretty shocked,” said Dinesh. “I have always seen a lot of people hanging out at that house, but they were never violent. Mostly chilling all the time, especially on the weekends.”
On Sunday, D.C. police released a video of a shooting on June 28 in the 1600 block of E Street in Northeast. Gunmen in what appears to be a silver Ford Explorer emerge through the windows of the moving SUV and fire their guns. One of them appears to have been fitted with an extended magazine.
"By and large, it’s a very safe neighborhood,” said Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen. “But an event like that rattles you. It rattles the entire neighborhood. I’ve got constituents and neighbors who are very concerned and we now have police cruisers parked on every corner for the last couple of weeks trying to give a greater sense of safety to the neighborhood.”
The murder of Bing is the 74th murder this year compared to 65 at the same time last year -- an increase of nearly 14 percent.
Bing was no stranger to the criminal justice system. He has had numerous run-ins with the law, and at one time, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
The Bureau of Prisons said he was released in 2011, but Maryland court records show he was indicted in Baltimore County recently for armed robbery.