A 15-year-old was killed and three people, including a police officer, were shot Sunday afternoon amid a street event in Washington, DC, which police called “prohibited”.
Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee told reporters Sunday night that several hundred people gathered for the June 19 advocacy and music festival called “Moechella,” repeatedly calling it a ‘”unauthorized event”.
Contee said police moved in to break up the event after a fight and another incident resulted in several people being trampled and injured. A firearm was recovered after the second incident.
Later, shots were fired among the crowd, police said.
Four people were killed, including a policeman and a minor. Three adult victims, including the officer, were in local hospitals recovering and a 15-year-old boy died, Contee said.
Police said they recovered several firearms in the area, including one from someone who was shot.
“We certainly want to make sure people are held accountable when they hold unauthorized events in our city,” Contee said Sunday night. “This is one of the reasons.”
None of the victims have been identified by police and Contee has not mentioned a suspect.
According to Moechella’s Instagram page, the event was a June 19 “peaceful protest” with several musical artists performing on U Street, a historically black neighborhood in the nation’s capital.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser called for accountability during a Sunday night press conference.
“We have a child who was killed today in an event that was not properly planned,” Bowser said. “We need some responsibility here.”