D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee says that four people, including a 15-year-old male, two adult civilians and a police officer, were shot at the intersection of 14th and U Streets in Northwest. The teenager has died.
The shooting was first reported to WTOP after 8 p.m. in the area near a “Moechella” event — a downtown Juneteenth celebration not approved by D.C. officials.
We can confirm that one of our members working in the area of 14th and U St NW has been shot. The member has been transported to the hospital and is in stable condition.
— DC Police Union (@DCPoliceUnion) June 20, 2022
A fight broke out and causing people to disperse shortly before officers shut the event down in the area. Contee said some weapons were obtained in the event area just before the shooting took place.
Mayor Muriel Bowser offered condolences to the family who lost their child in the shooting and shared concerns over crowd control issues with unapproved events and the presence of guns in heavily populated, public areas.
“We need some accountability here,” she said.
The other two adults injured in the shooting have been hospitalized and several firearms were discovered in the area. Police are currently seeking a suspect.
Police announced several street closures as a result of the shooting in Northwest. The investigation is ongoing.
MPD Activity at 14th St & U St, NW
⛔️14th St, NW btw V St & Wallach Pl, NW
⛔️U St, NW btw 13th St & 15th St, NW
⛔️T St, NW btw 16th St, NW & Georgia Ave, NW
⛔️Florida Ave, NW btw 15th St, NW & Georgia Ave, NW
🚗 All Closures are in both directions // Watch for MPD direction
— DC Police Traffic (@DCPoliceTraffic) June 20, 2022
A map of the approximate shooting location is shown below.