USA :Shooting leaves 1 dead and 20 injured at mass barbecue in Washington

Washington, Aug 9. (EFE) .- A 17-year-old teenager died this Sunday and twenty other people were injured in a shooting during a massive barbecue, which was attended by hundreds of people in the southeast of Washington DC, the Police reported.

The authorities indicated that at least three people fired at around 00:30 local time (04:30 GMT) from different points during the party, which took place in the Greenway neighborhood.

There the police have found about 170 bullet debris.

District of Columbia Police Chief Peter Newsham told reporters that the deceased teenager was identified and that among the injured, eleven women, there is an officer who “is fighting for her life,” who was off duty and apparently attended the barbecue.

The District of Columbia Fire Department said at least nine of the victims transported to hospitals had serious injuries.

Currently, the police are looking for at least three suspects, although Newsham, who called the event an “isolated incident”, did not rule out that there may be more.

The police chief added that the authorities had not authorized this party of hundreds of people. Rallies of more than 50 people were currently prohibited in the District of Columbia due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In that sense, Newsham said that there were agents in the vicinity of the party, but that they were unable to control the concentration of people or avoid it.

For her part, the mayor of DC, Muriel Bowser, stressed to reporters: “It is very important that, as a community, we have zero tolerance for this activity.”

The Washington Post newspaper indicated that this event occurs three weeks after a person lost their lives and eight suffered gunshot wounds in front of a restaurant on 14th Street, in the US capital, at the height of Columbia Heights.

According to newspaper data, more than 115 people have been murdered in DC so far this year, a 17% increase over 2019.

Authorities have attributed some of the killings to disputes between neighborhood gangs and between people who know each other.

(c) EFE Agency