At least 21 people were killed, one of them fatal, at a rally in the Greenway neighborhood of southeastern Washington, according to metropolitan police.
The mass shooting took place around 12:30 a.m. at the 3300 block of Dubois Place SE. Police said the crime scene spanned several buildings, where the victims were dispersed.
The capital’s fire department stated that at least seven of the victims were taken to hospitals in critical condition.
The shooting in the southeast came three weeks after nine people were shot in front of a restaurant on 14th Street in Columbia Heights in northwest Washington. The shooting killed one of the victims.
More than 115 people have now been killed in the region this year, a 17 percent increase over this time in 2019, which ended the year at the highest level in a decade. Among the dead was an 11-year-old boy who was shot in the End of Violence restaurant on July 4 and a 71-year-old shot to protect her granddaughter.
District authorities came under severe pressure to remember again when many people were shot in one incident. There have been several cases this year in which gunmen have shot groups of people, including one last month in which 43 bullets were fired into a crowd in northeastern Washington, killing a popular school bus driver.
In the Dubois Place incident, a police spokesman said that several gunmen opened fire on a gathering in the block, which is in a residential neighborhood off Minnesota Avenue southeast of Capitol Street. Small houses and apartment buildings line the street.
Police said additional information would be available later today. They had no description of the attackers.
Vito Majiolo, a spokesman for the capital’s fire and emergency medical systems, said nine people had been transferred from Dubois Street to various hospitals. Two other people were found injured in the surrounding streets, one of them appeared at a fire station.
Maguolo said at least four other victims went to hospitals alone or with the help of others. The number of wounded was updated throughout the morning.
Maggiolo said that as many as 20 fire engines, ambulances and other vehicles, along with many policemen, responded to the scene.