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Shooting at Washington DC, police officer among those hit

By Shgun S -- June 20, 2022 8:11 am -- Updated:June 20, 2022 8:54 am

Washington DC (USA), June 20: Several people have been injured in a shooting in Washington DC.

As per the reports, one police officer has also been injured in the shooting incident.

The shooting reportedly took place during Moechella, which is described as an "Advocacy Festival Amplifying the Culture of Washington DC."

Providing details about the incident, the DC police tweeted: "MPD is responding to 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."

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"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," it said in another tweet.

The incident took place at a music event on U Street Northwest in Washington, DC, at a location that is just less than 2 miles from the White House, according to local media.

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According to local US media on Monday, there are unconfirmed claims of more victims being found, and with one MPD officer injured in the leg, police are urging everyone to avoid the area.

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

"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," the President said.

Earlier on May 24, a mass shooting incident at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas claimed several lives including 19 children. This is said to be the deadliest attack since the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed, CNN reported.

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More details are awaited.

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-PTC News

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