Teen killed, 3 others shot after Moechella concert for Juneteenth in DC

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A teenage boy was killed and a DC police officer and two other people were shot Sunday night in Northwest Washington after a concert, police said.

The teenager was 15 years old, DC Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said at a news briefing near 14th and U streets NW, where the gunfire broke out around 8:30 pm

The officer was struck in the leg, police indicated, and the other two people shot were being treated at hospitals.

What led to the gunfire was not immediately clear.

Based on initial accounts, the incident followed a concert linked to the District’s Juneteenth celebration.

Video shows people running in multiple directions in the area of ​​14th and U streets in Northwest Washington after a concert celebrating Juneteenth. (Video: Stanley E Wilson)

The concert was advertised under the name Moechella, a name given to concerts held a few years ago to protest the perceived suppression of go-go music in particular and Black culture in general.

It had been set to run from 4pm to 8pm, but Contee said police had moved to shut it down early after two other incidents in the area.

The concert did not have a permit, he said.

In a brief account of the evening’s events, Contee said music was being played from a truck and several hundred people started to gather.

At one point, he said, “some type of incident” happened at the concert and was broken up. Then, he said, a second incident occurred and “people started to scatter.”

On Twitter, one person described the chaos: “There was some type of shooting or something at moechella. I ain’t never run and jump over people like that in my life, ”the tweet read.

It was unclear whether a shooting precipitated the second incident.

After the second incident, Contee said, police began shooting down the event, asserting that it appeared unsafe.

A musical event celebrating Juneteenth erupted into chaos in the area of ​​14th and U streets in Northwest Washington. (Video: Christian Mullins)

He said police were in the area, along with emergency responders who came to treat the injured.

Later, a gun was seized, Contee said. The shooting occurred after that, he said, with police and rescue personnel still in the area.

Contee said initial indications suggested all four had been shot with the same gun, and no information was provided to suggest that any of them had been targeted. The crowd was dense, he noted, and at one point about 100 police officers were present.

Contee said there was no indication that any officers had fired and no indication of any exchange of shots between victims or an assailant.

The gunfire at 14th and U streets NW was one of several shootings in the city on Sunday.

In one, a teenage girl was killed in the 4400 block of Third Street SE.

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