Washington D.C.—On Sunday August 7, a spokesperson for D.C. police said that a shooting occurred at a cookout at the 3300 block of Dubois Place in Ward 7 in Southeastern D.C around 12:30 a.m.
Despite current COVID-19 social distancing restrictions in D.C. prohibiting more than 50 people from gathering at one time, there were hundreds of people at this cookout. Over 100 rounds of gunfire were reported to have been fired from multiple shooters into the crowd of people. D.C. Police believe that at least four or more shooters shot at the same time. D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said that there were officers at the scene attempting to attend to victims and stop the shooting, but ultimately not enough to completely break up the gathering and chaos.
One resident told WUSA that he saw many people ducking for cover and “a man slumped over on a car, bleeding like crazy”.
This incident resulted in 21 people injured and a seventeen year old boy named Christopher Brown dead. Newsham said that of the 22 people shot, 21 were adults, while 16 were between the ages of 20 to 29 years old. There were 12 female victims and nine male victims. Additionally, an off-duty 1st District Police Officer was one of the victims and is now fighting for her life after being shot in the neck.
D.C. Police have not arrested anyone yet as they are still looking for multiple shooters. They are also conducting a thorough investigation to determine whether someone can be charged for holding this event in absence of local COVID-19 gathering restrictions and are asking anyone with information to tell them.