A shooting in Washington D.C. has left several people injured, including one police officer. One of those shot is a teenager and is reported to be dead, the police said, giving an update on the shooting in the area of 14th and U Street, NW.
“Three civilians – two adults and one juvenile – were shot. One police officer was also shot at. The police officer and two victims are recovering at a hospital. One victim, the juvenile, it appears is deceased at this point,” Metropolitan Police Department chief Robert J. Contee said.
Chief Contee and city officials provide an update regarding a shooting with multiple victims shot, including an MPD officer, that occurred this evening in the area of 14th and U Street, NW. https://t.co/j2w5yXqvPZ
– DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) June 20, 2022
The shooting took place during Moechella, which is described as an “Advocacy Festival Amplifying the Culture of Washington DC,” Fox News reported.
???? OFFICER DOWN: Please pray for the DC Police Officer and multiple victims who were shot tonight on U Street. Per @DCPoliceUnion, the officer has been transported to the hospital and is in stable condition.
This brazen violence MUST STOP! pic.twitter.com/4Rij1oZOm0
– National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) June 20, 2022
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.
“Ban high-capacity magazines. Strengthen background checks. Enact safe storage laws and red flag laws. Repeal gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability,” he said.
He further said that this is not about taking away anyone’s rights. “It’s about protecting children. It’s about protecting families. It’s about protecting communities. It’s about protecting our freedoms to go to school, to a grocery store, to go to church without being shot and killed,” he said.
“This is not about taking away anyone’s guns…we believe that we should be treating responsible gun owners as examples of how every gun owner should behave,” he said.
Last month, a mass shooting incident at an Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas left several people including 19 children. The May 24 shooting was the deadliest attack since the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed, according to CNN.
On May 31, an elderly woman was killed and two other persons were injured when gunfire erupted at a high school graduation ceremony in New Orleans.
The shooting occurred outside the Convocation Center on the campus of Xavier University where graduates of Morris Jeff High School were gathered, NBC News reported citing New Orleans police.
On June 1, at least four people were killed in a shooting incident at a hospital campus in Oklahoma’s Tulsa city, CNN reported citing police. The shootout incidents in the US have been increasing.