A 17-year-old was killed and 20 others were injured in a one-night shooting on Saturday in Washington. Among the victims was a duty officer from the 1st District Police, who was told by the subway police chief Peter Newsum that he had been shot and “seriously injured”.
Newsum said that judging by the shots fired in several places at once, there appeared to be at least three shooters.
The family identified the victim of CBS Washington DC’s WUSA-TV affiliate as Christopher Brown. His grandmother told WUSA-TV that she was a great person and would affectionately call her “Mack.”
“You have to stop because you took something that belonged to me, someone I loved so much, and someone dear to me,” Grandma Patrice Brown told WUSA-TV in a phone call hours after the filming.
“I know this is not the only child or it will be the last child,” she continued. “But they have to stop this. I want everyone to be safe and happy. But that’s not the way to be safe. And that’s not the way to be happy.”
His mother Artechka Brown told WUSA-TV that Brown is the father of a 1-year-old boy and has another baby on the way. “He was an innocent king … he just wanted to go to a party in the neighborhood,” she said.
Newsum said the shooting took place at a large public gathering attended by several hundred people. Newsum said police had been at the scene before.
“There were police officers at the scene beforehand. I want to confirm that. I want to talk to the management team here and see if we do everything possible,” Newsum said. “Since we can’t tolerate such gatherings in our city during COVID-19, it’s just too dangerous.”