What it was like in the final days inside CHOP

How were people thinking and talking about those shootings?

It’s really complicated, and there’s no consensus. One thing that I think is very important to note is Capitol Hill—and particularly that area—has always been a place where there’s been a lot of violence and shootings. And that usually starts to happen during the summer. I’m not in any way trying to excuse the fact that people lost their lives there. But I do think that that context is something that gets left out of the conversation.

Are there other things you think have been missing in the discussions about CHOP?

I think it’s really hard for people on the outside to understand that this is a place with no leadership, and that the voices who grabbed the microphone and put themselves in front of the camera are being seen as leaders, even though there might not be anything to back that up. People who are watching from the outside don’t really understand that who they’re seeing on screen or in print is just some random person that a reporter happened to turn their lens or notebooks to.