According to police, a dispute that erupted in gun fire at an apparent outdoor party in Washington , DC, early Sunday left one person dead and some 20 others wounded, including an off-duty officer “struggling for her life.” Peter Newsham, head of the Metropolitan Police Department, told reporters that a 17-year-old male died in the shooting that took place after midnight in a southeast side neighborhood where people gathered for music and food.
“There was some kind of a dispute,” Newsham said. “Multiple weapons were produced.” He said a motive for the shooting wasn’t clear. The off-duty officer was taken by fellow officers to a local hospital, Newsham said. “She’s struggling for her life right now,” he said. He added that “the rest of the gunshot wounds, as far as we know, are non-life-threatening.”
Notwithstanding city prohibitions during the coronavirus pandemic on such large gatherings, Newsham said, there may have been hundreds of attendees at the meeting. Nelson Bostic, a local resident, told WTOP the rally appeared to be a birthday party. He said he had seen “people laying on the ground” and “ducking under cars” after the gunfire burst.