June 19 (News) — A 15-year-old boy was killed and three adults, including a police officer, were injured in a shooting that took place Sunday night at an unsanctioned event in Washington, DC involving hundreds of people.
Chief Robert Contee of the Metropolitan Police Department told reporters on a Sunday night press conference that the shooting at the 1400 block of U Street Northwest occurred during an “unauthorized event” held by Moechella in celebration of June 16.
The officer was shot in a lower extremity and is recovering at a local hospital, Contee said, adding that the other two people who suffered from gunshot wounds are listed as stable. None of the victims have been identified.
The cause of the shooting was unclear, but a secondary incident followed that caused people to disperse, authorities said.
Contee explained officers didn’t know what caused people to disperse, but that several were trampled as they fled the scene and police closed the event, believing it was unsafe.
Shooting broke out shortly after, he said, adding that no officer fired his gun and there was no exchange of fire.
Several firearms were also confiscated during the event, including one from the victims, he said.
“Illegal firearms in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them makes events like this unsafe for people who just want to enjoy the nice weather, enjoy Father’s Day and enjoy our city,” he said.
Contee added that they will examine their legal options to hold organizers accountable.
“Unfortunately, things like this can happen if you have the wrong mix of people or people introducing firearms into a situation,” he said. “This is unfortunate and we will be in discussions with these individuals very, very soon and are considering what legal action should be taken as a result of an unauthorized event taking place in our city.”
Moechella’s Instagram page advertised the concert as a “peaceful demonstration” that included several musical performances and was scheduled to last from 4pm to 8pm
Contee said several hundred people were in attendance.
The Washington, DC Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officers said It was there and helped with the investigation.