Police said a man was killed and eight others wounded in a brazen gunfire on a busy street in northwest Washington.
Peter Nisham, head of the Metropolitan Police Department, said that three men opened fire on a group of people standing on the street in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC, just before 5 pm.
Investigators believe that the shooting was a targeted attack. Newsham said that two of the archers were armed with long rifles, one of them with a pistol.
Dozens of signs of evidence were placed on the platform near the shell covers behind the yellow crime scene tape. A white plastic chair has been dropped and a bike can be seen lying on the nearby platform.
Nisham said the victims, all adults, included eight men and a woman. Two of the victims remained in serious condition. He said that the other six had sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
“This kind of brazen daylight activity in a very crowded building and I am sure it was scary for this community,” Newsham told a news conference at the scene of the accident. “They are putting everyone in this community at risk.”
Newsam said that investigators had already collected a surveillance video from neighboring companies, and that some of the victims were known to law enforcement.
The District of Columbia Mayor, Morrell Boozer, said investigators were working hard “to bring people to justice”.
Newsham also denounced the escalation of armed violence and said investigators were working hard to try to reduce violent crime across the region. To date, there have been 103 murders in Washington in 2020, according to police statistics.
Earlier this month, an 11-year-old boy, who attended a cooking session on July 4, was shot in the head and killed during an exchange of fire between five armed suspects.