Boy killed, three wounded in shooting after Washington concert

Boy killed, three wounded in shooting after Washington concert

Boy killed, three wounded in shooting after Washington concert

Boy killed, three wounded in shooting after Washington concert

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  • A 15-year-old boy was killed and three others injured in a shooting after a concert in Washington DC.
  • The incident followed an unpermitted “Moechella” concert celebrating Juneteenth on Sunday night.
  • Police had seized illegal firearms nearby and were chasing another individual with an illegal firearm.
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A 15-year-old boy was killed and three others, including a police officer, were injured in a shooting after a concert in Washington on Sunday night, the local police chief Confirmed.

According to DC police chief Robert Contee, the shooting was preceded by two other incidents that caused panic at the unpermitted “Moechella” concert celebrating Juneteenth, with several people injured while fleeing.

Police then shut down the sidewalk concert on safety grounds but shortly afterward, despite a heavy police presence, the shooting occurred nearby in which the boy was killed, Contee said.

“Unfortunately things like this can happen when you have the wrong mix of people, or people who introduce firearms into a situation,” he said.

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The officer and two other wounded people were recovering in hospital, he added.

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There was no exchange of fire and the gun used had not been recovered, Contee said.

It was not clear if the teenager was targeted but before the incident police had seized two illegal firearms nearby and were chasing another individual with an illegal firearm, the police chief said.

“There’s a theme that you see here: illegal firearms in the hands of people who should not have them make events like this unsafe for people who just want to enjoy the beautiful weather, who want to enjoy Father’s Day, who want to enjoy our city. This is unacceptable,” he said.

“When you have large gatherings in a dense area, all it takes is one person introducing a gun to the situation that makes it deadly. In this case, unfortunately, a 15-year-old lost his life,” Contee added.

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The United States is in the midst of a particularly heinous chapter in its gun violence epidemic. The most lethal incident during this period was a May 24 shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 children and two teachers.

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According to the Gun Violence Archive, over 20,000 people have died as a result of firearm violence in the United States since the beginning of the year. This includes suicide deaths.

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