Updated Jun 20, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Teen killed, officer among 3 injured in shooting after D.C. music festival

Police in Washington, D.C., were searching for a suspect after a 15-year-old boy was killed and an officer was among three other people injured following a music festival on Sunday evening, officials said.

Driving the news: Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee said at a news conference the shooting happened near 14th and U streets Northwest following a free music festival called "Moechella," which he said was shut down earlier in the evening due to safety concerns after a fight and a later incident broke out.

A screenshot of the D.C. Police Union's tweet confirming an officer was shot.
Screenshot: D.C. Police Union/Twitter
  • As the area was being cleared so first responders could treat people who were injured when the crowd "scattered" following the second incident, "several individuals were shot," Contee said.
  • The police officer and two other victims were being treated for their injuries at hospitals in Washington, D.C., according to police. Contee said the officer had been shot in a leg.

What to watch: Police believe one person was responsible for the shooting and officers were still searching for the suspect, Contee said.

What they're saying: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said at the news conference that there needed to be some accountability as "we have a child who was killed today at an event that did not have any proper planning."

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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