A 6-year-old was killed and 5 adults have been wounded on Friday night time in a taking pictures in Washington, based on the police.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department responded at 11:11 p.m. to a report of a number of taking pictures victims close to an intersection in the capital’s Southeast quadrant, a spokesman for the division, Dustin Sternbeck, mentioned in an electronic mail early Saturday.
Ashan M. Benedict, the division’s govt assistant chief of police, later instructed reporters close to the scene of the taking pictures that a 6-year-old woman had been killed and that three males and two ladies had been wounded.
“Any shooting that takes place in the city is unacceptable, and again, we’re responding to too many calls of children being affected by gunfire,” he mentioned. “So please help us bring these shooters to justice.”
As of 1 a.m. Saturday, a number of blocks across the crime scene had been sealed off with police tape. The Metropolitan Police Department mentioned on Twitter that its officers have been looking for a dark-colored automobile in reference to the taking pictures. No different particulars have been instantly out there.
The taking pictures happened on the opposite facet of the Anacostia River from the Capitol and some blocks from the headquarters of the Coast Guard.
Homicide charges in giant U.S. cities final yr have been up greater than 30 p.c on common, based on criminologists. With pandemic restrictions receding throughout the nation, police departments have been involved concerning the potential for an increase in violence this summer time.
But in Washington, information from the Metropolitan Police Department signifies that as of Friday, the variety of homicides this yr — 101 — was precisely the identical as on the similar level in 2020.