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Washington, D. C. - December 19th

1. Wide shot people walking along the National Mall

2. Wide shot of Washington Monument

3. Wide shot of Smithsonian museum

4. Tight shot of U. S. Captiol Building

5. Timelapse of nation's capitol to night

6. Various of ambulances

7. File video from WJLA of various murders in the 1990s

Washington, D. C. - Recent

8. SOUNDBITE: Jordan Cook, Shooting Survivor: "Every time I turn around I'm hearing something happening to someone, or someone getting shot or this and that."

9. Wide shot of support group for victims of Washington shootings

10. Medium shot of Jodan Cook, who was hit by a stray bullet in Washington at the age of 15.

11. SOUNDBITE: Jordan Cook, Shooting Survivor: "I wake up and I'm depressed and you know, I just deal with a lot of things that I don't be motivated a lot of times just to get out."

Washington - Recent

10. Tracking shot Washington Metro police car moving through intersection

11. Tracking shot of H street NE Washington, D. C.

12. Medium shot Chief Cathy Lanier, Chief of Police with the Metropolitan Police Department

13. SOUNDBITE: Chief Cathy Lanier, Metropolitan Police Department: "so, that's what I want to continue to see and I just want it to be, to feel like the safest city. I mean, it's the nation's capital. This should feel like the safest city in America."

New York - Recent

14. Wide skyline shot of New York City, where murder numbers have also dropped

15. Tighter shot of New York city skyline

16. Shot of cars along New York street.

17. SOUNDBITE: Nancy G. La Vigne, Director Urban Institute Justice Policy Center: "D. C. Stands apart from most other major cities in both the extent of the drop and the fact that it continues to go lower each year."

18. Tracking shot Washington D. C. Street

19. Various shots of construction project downtown Washignton D. C.

19. SOUNDBITE: Nancy G. La Vigne, Director Urban Institute Justice Policy Center: "A lot of places that used to be areas that were frought with violence that people would not go to, to go the theater, to go to restaurants are now thriving areas."

20. Various shots of new development around Nationals Park.

Washington, D. C. - December 19th

21. Various shots of Washington D. C. National Mall

SCRIPT:

THIS IS THE WASHINGTON D. C. TOURISTS KNOW -

LANDMARKS, GALLERIES AND POLITICAL INTITUTIONS

BUT FOR DECADES - WASHINGTON WAS ALSO KNOWN FOR SOMETHING MUCH DARKER

<NATS SHOOTING / SIREN>

ENTER THE NICKNAME: THE NATION'S MURDER CAPITOL

SOT: Jordon Cook/Disabled after Shooting: everytime I'm hearing, something happening to someone, you know someone getting shot or this and that.

IN THE 1990'S CRACK WAS AN EPIDEMIC … SHOOTINGS EVERY DAY. NEARLY 500 MURDERS A YEAR. FOR YEAR … AFTER YEAR.

PEOPLE LIKE JORDON COOK BARELY SURVIVED

SOT: 16:26:08 Jordon Cook/Disabled after Shooting:

I just wake up and I'm depressed and you know- I just deal with a lot of things, and I don't be motivated just to get out.

BUT SOMETHING'S CHANGED.

SOT: Chief Cathy Lanier/Washignton Police Department: so I'm really happy with where we are today

VIOLENT CRIME IN THE DISTRICT WAY DOWN - IN FACT, D-C IS ON PACE TO HAVE LESS 100 HOMICIDES FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1963

SOMETHING THE POLICE CHIEF HOPES IS A NEW TREND

SOT: Chief Cathy Lanier/Washignton Police Department: 16:17 "I mean it's the nations capitol, this should be the safest city in America'

TRUE … MURDERS ARE DOWN IN SEVERLA BIG U-S CITIES - BUT

SOT: DC stands apart // from most other major cities

EXPERTS SAY THERE'S SEVERAL REASONS FOR THE DROP - NEW POLICE TECHNOLOGY, IMPROVED MEDICAL RESPONSE, BETTER COOPERATION BETWEEN POLICE AND COMMUNITIES

BUT THIS IS BIG PART THE REASON.

NEW CONSTRUCTION - NEW INVESTMENT - NEW BUSINESS

SOT: Nancy G. La Vigne/Director of the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute : a lot of places that used to be areas that were frought with violence that people would not go to threater - restaurants are now thriving areas. '

STILL - A WORD OF CAUTION

SOT: Nancy La Vigne/director of the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute : so I don't think we should declare a victory and move on.

WHILE MURDERS ARE DOWN IN WASHINGTON - POLICE RECORDS SHOW, ROBBERIES ARE UP.

____ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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