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BREAKING: 6 People Shot, 1 Dead In Nation’s Capital

Washington, DC – Six people were shot and at least one man was killed in an attack outside an apartment complex in Northeast DC on Monday night.

The mass shooting occurred outside the Azeeze Bates apartment complex located in the 1500-block of F Street, NE at approximately 8:37 p.m. on Aug. 1, WTTG reported.

Police were on the scene within approximately one minute of receiving a call of shots fired.

DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Robert Contee said the six gunshot victims were all adult males.

The five victims who survived were all rushed to local hospitals for treatment.

“We appear to have a large group of people who were in the area when the shots rang out,” Chief Contee told reporters, according to ABC News. “We have no idea why the shots were fired at this point.”

The chief said investigators are working to determine whether the victims knew one another.

Police did not release information about a possible suspect or any vehicles connected with the attack.

Chief Contee urged anyone with information about the incident to contact police.

The city has witnessed a massive surge in violence over the past week, KABC reported.

Chief Contee said the incidents do not appear to be connected, but he noted that the “common denominator” between them has been “illegal firearms in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them and when disputes get resolved as a result of a gun being used,” according to ABC News.

The DC Police Union said the attack outside the apartment complex was the sixth mass shooting in the city so far this year.

“We have people who are in our communities who just have lost their sense of humanity. And that really saddens me,” Chief Contee said, according to ABC News.

“I’m angered and I’m sad. I’m angered at the fact that residents had to experience this in their community tonight. The residents didn’t deserve this,” the police chief continued. “They did not deserve to have people shot in the communities where they live. I’m saddened because I know of all of the investments that the city has made in violence interruption efforts, law enforcement efforts, and community efforts.”

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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