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Teen shot dead, officer injured among 3 others in Washington shooting

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Multiple individuals were shot, including a police officer and a teenager, at a music event on U Street Northwest in Washington, DC, slightly less than two miles from the White House, according to local media.

“MPD (Metropolitan Police Department) is responding to the situation in the area of 14th and U Street, NW, for a shooting incident in which multiple people have been shot, including an MPD officer. Media staging at 15th and U Street, NW. Chief Contee to provide a media briefing,” said the DC Police Department in a tweet. In a tweet, DC police Union also confirmed that a police officer was shot during the DC shooting. ” We can confirm that one of our members working in the area of 14th and U St NW has been shot. The member has been transported to the hospital and is in stable condition.”

According to local media, the shooting occurred near or at the location of a Juneteenth music performance named “Moechella” on 14th and U Street. There have been unsubstantiated rumours of additional deaths being discovered, and with one MPD officer injured in the leg, police have asked everyone to avoid the area, according to local US media on Monday.

With the rise in gun violence in the United States, President Joe Biden has stated that the country needs to outlaw assault weapons to protect children and families, or raise the buying age from 18 to 21.

“We need to ban assault weapons. … if we can’t, then we should raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21. Ban high-capacity magazines. Strengthen background checks. Enact safe storage laws and red flag laws. Repeal gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability,” he said.

He further said that this is not about taking away anyone’s rights. “It’s about protecting children. It’s about protecting families. It’s about protecting communities. It’s about protecting our freedoms to go to school, to a grocery store, to go to church without being shot and killed,” he said.

“This is not about taking away anyone’s guns…we believe that we should be treating responsible gun owners as examples of how every gun owner should behave,” he said.

On May 24, a mass shooting occurred at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing multiple people, including 19 children. According to CNN, this was the worst incident since the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people.

When gunshots erupted at a high school graduation ceremony in New Orleans on May 31, one elderly woman was murdered and two others were injured.

According to NBC News, the incident occurred outside the Convocation Center on the campus of Xavier University, where graduates of Morris Jeff High School were assembled.

According to CNN, at least four individuals were murdered in a shooting incident on a hospital campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 1. Shootouts are becoming more common in the United States.

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