15-year-old killed and 3 others injured in shooting at ‘unpermitted’ Juneteenth celebration

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A shooting in the Washington, D.C., in which multiple people, including a police officer were shot at a music event in the area of 14th and U Street Northwest in Washington, DC.

News agency ANI Reported, a local media report as saying that the site is less than 2 miles from the White House. One 15-year-old teen killed and several others, including a police officer, were injured in Sunday’s shootings, according to Fox News.

The shooting was first reported to WTOP after 8 p.m. in the area near a “Moechella” event — a downtown Juneteenth celebration not approved by D.C. officials.

Contee said that an “incident or fight” broke out around 6 p.m., causing people to disperse shortly before officers shut the event down. In the interim, he said, weapons were obtained in the unpermitted event area.

“MPD (Metropolitan Police Department) is responding to the situation in the area of 14th and U Street, NW, for a shooting incident in which multiple people have been shot, including an MPD officer, tweeted ANI.

“Media staging at 15th and U Street, NW. Chief Contee to provide a media briefing,” said the DC Police Department. The DC police Union has also confirmed through a tweet that a police officer was shot during the shooting. “We can confirm that one of our members working in the area of 14th and U St NW has been shot. The member has been transported to the hospital and is in stable condition”.

The DC shooting has been reported in less than a month since the horrific mass school shootout that left 19 dead in Texas on May 24. The shooting took place at or near the site of a Juneteenth music concert called “Moechella” on 14th and U Street, as per the local media report. There are unconfirmed reports of other victims along with the MPD officer being shot in the leg police as police have asked people to avoid the area, said local US media on Monday.

The mass shooting incident at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde Texas resulted in several people including 19 children being killed. With increasing incidents of gun violence in the United States, President Joe Biden had said that the US needs to ban assault weapons for the sake of protecting children and families or raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21.

“We need to ban assault weapons. … if we can’t, then we should raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21. Ban high-capacity magazines. Strengthen background checks. Enact safe storage laws and red flag laws. Repeal gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability,” he said.

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