"A 25-year-old man was shot Monday evening in downtown Silver Spring, Montgomery County police said.The shooting was reported about 6 p.m. in the 8600 block of Colesville Road, near the AFI Silver Theatre and the City Place Mall.Police said the man told them that he had just left a Gold's Gym in the area when two men tried to rob him on a sidewalk. They said he was shot in a leg, and taken to a hospital."
For all the grief that Ellsworth gets, it's Colesville Road in front of City Place where I've seen the worst of Downtown Silver Spring - getting circled by a bunch of kids hustling for change, watching a mentally disturbed woman break the windows of the mall with a baseball bat. Not sure what it'll take to clean up this particular block - and please, don't tell me the shooting had something to do with people waiting at the bus stop there.
Hopefully this is the last shooting we'll hear about in Downtown Silver Spring, though that seems kind of naïve. Last spring's "riots" on Ellsworth had everyone on edge for a while, but hopefully this won't be enough to keep people from returning to the area. If you're thinking about staying home next weekend, remember: the streets are safest when lots of people are around, no matter how intimidated a few thugs want you to feel.