At least 21 people were shot and one killed after multiple people opened gunfire at a large gathering in Washington D.C., according to the police.
DC Police Chief Peter Newsham told the CNN that multiple shooters carried out the attack that killed 17-year-old Christopher Brown. Another resident on the scene said many people were running for cover when the shooting started, and he witnessed one man "slumped over on a vehicle bleeding like insane". Bowser said it violated the city's coronavirus-induced ban on large public meetings of more than 50 people. Gatherings of more than 50 people are now prohibited in DC, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Newsham said an off-duty police officer was "struggling for her life" at a local hospital, adding that she was among at least 11 injured women.
Two injured persons who were found outside of the gathering and taken to hospitals may have been linked to the shooting, officials said.
"There are cookouts that have happened peacefully for years and years that are just spinning out of control", Bowser said.
"Sadly, some people who have no regard for human life, opened fire", said Mayor Muriel Bowser, reiterating that drinking and using marijuana in the street is illegal in D.C., as is having a gathering of this size. The rest of the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, Newsham said. "It doesn't sound like we had enough officers to disperse the crowd", he said.
Although there were police officers at the scene, they were unable to break-up the gathering, Newsham said.
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