1 dead; at least 21 people, including off-duty DC officer, shot at Southeast DC party – WTOP

A 17-year-old is dead  — one of 20 people, including an off-duty D.C. police officer, who were shot during a large public gathering in Southeast D.C. early Sunday morning, according to police.

D.C. police said shots were fired around 1 a.m. Sunday on the 3300 block of Dubois Place SE, in a residential neighborhood located between Fort Circle Park and the northbound Anacostia Freeway in Ward 7.

At least nine people were transported to various nearby hospitals for treatment, a police spokesman confirmed.

Octavia Brown told WTOP that her cousin, “Poppy” Christopher Brown, 17, was killed.

“He had not lived life and for him to have a 1-year-old … they just took my cousin away. This stuff has to stop,” said Brown.

The 17-year-old father lived on Minnesota Avenue with his grandmother, nearby the scene of the party where he was killed.

“That baby don’t have no father no more. And he was a baby himself, he was only 17.”

D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said the off-duty officer who was shot is assigned to the 1st District and has been with the police department for a year. He said she is “fighting for her life.”

Of the others shot, all were adults except for another 17-year-old, according to Newsham.

“What happened was it was some kind of dispute. Multiple weapons were produced and multiple shots were fired,” said Newsham during a news conference Sunday with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

He said there were at least three gunmen, who used handguns, shooting from three spots simultaneously. No motive was offered.

“We had a lot of people that were in a dangerous situation last night and sadly several people who have no regard for human life opened fire,” said Mayor Bowser.

Newsham said no permit was issued for the event.

“I saw a young lady, she got shot in the leg. A young man, he was leaning over his car … it sounded like machine guns” said Nelson Bostic, who lives in the neighborhood.

He told WTOP it was birthday party.

“You had DJs, everybody was down there. It was more women than men,” said Bostic.

“Next thing you know, it was like Beirut out here. It sounded like machine guns and everything else that was going on out here.”

“People laying on the ground. People ducking under cars and stuff like that,” said Bostic, who took cover under his bed, “it was terrible.”

34th Street between Minnesota Avenue and D Street remained closed Sunday morning as police investigate the scene.

“There were a lot of people in the streets when I got home around 10 p.m.; this is usually a very quiet street,” another neighbor told WTOP, as she watched police investigate the shooting after returning home from work. She declined to give her name.

Below is a map of the area:

This is a developing story. Stay with WTOP.com for the latest.

WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez and Melissa Howell contributed to this report.

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