Three men opened fire on a group of people standing in the street in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC just before 5 p.m., Metropolitan Police Department chief Peter Newsham said.
Investigators believe the shooting was a targeted attack. Two of the shooters were armed with long guns and one carried a pistol, Newsham said.
Dozens of evidence markers were placed on the sidewalk next to the shell envelopes behind the yellow crime scene tape. A white plastic chair was overturned and a bicycle could be seen thrown onto the sidewalk nearby.
The victims, all adults, included eight men and a woman, Newsham said. On Sunday evening, two of the victims remained in serious condition; the other six had non-fatal injuries, he said.
“This type of dazzling activity in broad daylight in a very, very busy block was, I’m sure, scary for this community,” Newsham said during a press conference at the scene. “They put everyone in this community at risk. ”
Investigators have already collected surveillance footage from nearby businesses and some of the victims were also known to law enforcement, Newsham said.
District of Columbia mayor Muriel Bowser said investigators were working hard to “bring people to justice.”
Newsham also denounced an increase in gun violence and said investigators were working diligently to try to reduce violent crime in the district. So far, there have been 103 homicides in Washington in 2020, according to police statistics.
Earlier this month, an 11-year-old boy attending a July 4 barbecue was shot in the head and killed in a shootout between five armed suspects.