A 17-year-old boy is dead and 20 others wounded following a shooting at what appeared to be a street party in a southeast Washington neighborhood early Sunday, authorities said.
Police were called to the scene around 12:30 a.m. after multiple shooters opened fire into a crowd of people. An off-duty police officer was among those most seriously wounded in the attack, police said.
â€œSheâ€™s struggling for her life right now at a local hospital,â€ Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a news conference.
No arrests had been made as of late Sunday morning, he said.Â
Newsham described the scene leading up to the violence as â€œsome kind of a social gathering.â€
â€œThere was some kind of dispute, and multiple weapons were produced, and multiple shots were fired,â€ he said, describing the shooting as an â€œisolated incident.â€
â€œHundredsâ€ of people packed the street for the social event, a neighborÂ told WUSA9.Â
The mass gathering violated current health protocols in place because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,Â Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a morning news conference.
â€œItâ€™s very important that as a community we have a zero-tolerance for this activity,â€ she said. She also condemned the use of alcohol and marijuana on public streets.Â Â
â€œWe had a lot of people who were in a dangerous situation last night, and, sadly, several people who had no regard for human life opened fire at what had been, it looked like, people together enjoying themselves,â€ she added.
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