Two Dead, Three Others Shot in Congress Heights

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Two people were killed and three others were shot in Southeast D.C., prompting a massive police presence and a harsh rebuke of gun violence from District officials.

D.C. Police and D.C. Fire and EMS were called shortly before 1:30 p.m. to the 1300 block of Congress Street SE in the Congress Heights neighborhood for the report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, Police Chief Robert Contee said officers found four people who had been shot. They were taken to hospitals, where one woman and one man died.

A fifth person walked into a hospital and was being treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, Contee said.

It is unknown what caused the shooting, but there appeared to be a dispute between two groups of people, the chief said.

“As of a result of that, we have two of our citizens in the District of Columbia who are now dead, due to senseless gun violence,” Contee said in a press conference. He extended his condolences to the victims’ families, calling the crimes “senseless murders… that did not need to happen.”

Police were investigating a unit in a residential building near where the shooting occurred.

No information about a suspect or suspects is available yet.

Mayor Muriel Bowser also provided a statement to the media, saying police were working to gather information quickly so they could “get guns and people willing to use guns off the streets just as soon as possible.”

“Unfortunately I’ve been at this location before… [for] another tragedy that happened here some years ago,” Bowser said. “It is a building block because there’s high levels of gun violence, and we want to get to people before they start using guns.”

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