- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 23, 2005

New York City-based rapper Cameron “Cam’ron” Giles was shot in the arms early yesterday morning after attending a party at H20, a Southwest nightclub that has been criticized by neighborhood officials for its loud parties, trash and parking problems.

Mr. Giles left H20, located at 800 Water St. SW, in his blue Lamborghini, heading to another club, when two men pulled up a few miles away in a burgundy Ford Expedition, police said. When one of the men pulled out a gun, Mr. Giles sped away and shots were fired.

“Basically, a car pulled up and tried to carjack him,” said the rapper’s manager.

Mr. Giles was shot with a single bullet that passed through both arms. Police would not confirm that the incident was an attempted carjacking, and said no words were exchanged between the men.

When Mr. Giles fled, the suspects were pursued by a D.C. Protective Services agent who had been parked at a nearby building. The men crashed the Expedition into a parked vehicle in the 600 block of U Street Northwest, then fled on foot.

Mr. Giles was returning from an event at H20 featuring rap mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs that was held in conjunction with Howard University’s homecoming weekend.

Local officials were not surprised yesterday that the event resulted in violence.

The party, local officials said, was organized largely without the consent of the neighborhood and given the go-ahead by D.C. agencies even though officials in Advisory Neighborhood Council 6D unanimously voted against it. D.C. Council member Sharon Ambrose, Ward 6 Democrat, also unsuccessfully asked officials not to grant permits for the party.

“This is the exact reason we didn’t want these kinds of large events down at H20,” Mrs. Ambrose said. “They attract a very large crowd that is not easy for police to control, and it is disruptive to the neighborhood and the other businesses.”

In a letter issued after an H20 block party last summer attracted thousands more than expected, creating parking and litter problems, Mrs. Ambrose instructed D.C. Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), D.C. Emergency Management Agency (DCEMA) and the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) board to not grant any permits to the club.

But the directive, which was not legally binding, was ignored by the agencies.

“ABC has done a great disservice to this community by granting them the license,” Mrs. Ambrose said. “H20 has not been a good neighbor, plain and simple.”

ANC 6D, whose approval is supposed to be mandatory for events in that area to take place, unanimously turned down the event at its Sept. 12 meeting.

“They are disruptive; they are terrible. There’s nobody who likes them,” said ANC Chairman Max Skolnik.

The restaurant, which often functions as a nightclub, was granted the ABC permit to sell liquor at the event after an Oct. 18 fact-finding hearing. It was given an event permit by DCRA after it collected and submitted to the agency signatures from 90 percent of the residents and businesses within 500 feet, as required by law.

DCRA, DCEMA, the ABC board and officials with H20 did not return calls for comment yesterday.

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