1 dead, 20 injured in shooting at outdoor party in Washington, DC


A dispute that erupted in gunfire at a large outdoor party in Washington, DC early Sunday left one person dead and around 20 injured, including an off-duty officer “fighting for his life” , according to the police.Christopher Brown, 17, died in the shooting that took place after midnight in a southeastern neighborhood where people had gathered to listen to music and food, chef Peter Newsham told reporters of the Metropolitan Police Department.

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“There was kind of a dispute,” Newsham said. “Several weapons have been produced.”

Police said at least three shooters could have been involved, although no arrests were immediately announced. Newsham said the motive for the shooting was unclear.

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Colleagues took the injured off-duty officer to a local hospital.

“She’s fighting for her life right now,” he says. He added that “the rest of the gunshot wounds, as far as we know, are not life threatening.”

Nelson Bostic, a local resident, told WTOP he heard a flurry of rapid gunfire, then saw “people lying on the ground” and “hiding under cars”.

“It was terrible,” he says.

There may have been hundreds of party attendees despite the city’s restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic at such large gatherings.

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“We cannot tolerate these types of gatherings in our city during COVID-19,” Newsham said. “It’s just too dangerous.”

Mayor Muriel Bowser, speaking to reporters near the scene of the shooting, noted that public consumption of alcohol and marijuana outdoors was prohibited, as were gatherings of more than 50 people as a precaution. against the spread of the coronavirus.

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“It is very important that as a community we have zero tolerance for this activity,” she said. Bowser added that the police will have to make “tough decisions” and “stop these events”.

The rally had been advertised on flyers like the “34th-n-EAT” barbecue which would start late Saturday, The Washington Post reported. It would be, the leaflet added, a “drama-free event”.

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