A teenager was fatally shot and three others were injured following a shooting at an unpermitted event near the 14th and U Street in Washington, D.C. on Sunday according to police.
Police Chief Robert Contee said a 15-year-old boy, two adults and an MPD officer were shot at a music event known as ”Moechella” where several hundred people had gathered for a free music event.
Contee said a huge fight had broken out earlier in the evening and MPD shut down the event as “unsafe.” DC Fire & EMS assisted several people who had been trampled by people leaving the scene.
That’s when another scuffle broke out, and four people — including an officer — were shot.
“We have a child who was killed today and there was not proper planning for the event,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said. “With police managing a crowd someone used a gun and a child is dead – we need some accountability here.”
None of the officers on the scene fired their weapons, and at least one gun was recovered from one of the victims.
“All of this occurred over a span of about two hours,” DC Police Chief Robert Contee said. “It was an unpermitted event by the Moechella group.”
According to an Instagram post on “Moechella’s” page, the Juneteenth event was set to run from 4-8 p.m. in celebration of “Long Live GoGo the Movement.” It was described as a peaceful demonstration, with performances by Yaddiya, New Impressionz, TOB and others.
The Instagram page LongLiveGoGoDC posted after the shooting, saying “As we continue to cultivate a platform to uplift the culture of Washington DC, we don’t condone violence of any sort. Moechella is a symbol of black culture in dc and is built on the foundation of peace.”
No arrests have been made at this time.