Three people have died, and at least four others have been hospitalized Saturday, in what D.C. Acting Police Chief Pamela Smith called a senseless act of violence in Southeast.
“Let me be clear: This gun violence has to stop,” Smith said. “It is incredibly frustrating. We know that someone in the community knows what’s happening.”
Officers responded to the shooting near the intersection of Good Hope Road and 16th Street SE between 8-9 p.m. According to Smith, officers were in the area already when they heard the shots. Upon responding to the scene, they found at least seven victims.
Two men and a woman died at the scene of the shooting. Four others were taken to a local hospital and their conditions are unknown.
“This is not a warzone,” Smith said. “We want our residents to feel safe.”
Smith added that the District’s investigators would continue their investigation and that they are still looking for victims in this case.
“We realize that there may be others who may have been injured tonight,” she said. “We’re asking you to come forward.”
Department officials could not confirm the reason for the shooting. Officials have closed Good Hope Road SE between 13th and Fendal Streets while an investigation is underway.