“The residents didn’t deserve this. They do not deserve to have people shot in the communities where they live,” DC police chief Robert Contee said, adding that despite recent efforts to “stem the tide of violence,” there are people who have “just lost their sense of humanity.”
Six men have been shot and one is dead following a shooting in Northeast DC on Monday night, according to DC police.
The other victims have been taken to the hospital for treatment.
DC police Chief Robert Contee said during a news briefing Monday night that there is not a lookout at this time, and police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call them at 202-727-9099.
The circumstances of the shooting, including whether the victims even knew each other, are being investigated, Contee said.
DC police described what happened on the Azeeze Bates property on the 1500 block of F Street as a “critical incident alert.”
Critical Incident Alert: MPD has responded to the 1500 block of F Street NE for a shooting. Preliminary reports of multiple victims. Updates to be provided from the on-scene PIO. Media briefing area will be shared shortly.
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) August 2, 2022
Members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Washington Field Division were on the scene to help police.
Below is the area where it happened.
It’s the latest in a string of shootings that has happened in the District over the last several days.
Contee said that he’s “angered” and “saddened” that DC residents had to experience the shooting in their community.
“The residents didn’t deserve this. They do not deserve to have people shot in the communities where they live,” Contee said, adding that despite recent efforts to “stem the tide of violence,” there are people who have “just lost their sense of humanity.”
On Saturday during a news conference after a drive-by shooting in which two people were hurt and one person was shot and killed by police, DC police Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict described the last few days as “rough.”
There’s been an increase in violent crime in DC, with homicides up 12% compared to the same time period last year.
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