MASS SHOOTING: 1 Person Killed and 20 Wounded at Southeast D.C. Cookout

Early on August 9, 2020, a 17-year-old was killed, while an off-duty police officer received life-threatening injuries in the aftermath of at least 20 people getting shot when a fight kicked off at a cookout with hundreds of people in Southeast Washington.

According to D.C. police, at least three shooters opened fire from different locations around 12:30 a.m. at Dubois Place in the Greenway neighborhood. The incident caused party attendees to flee the scene and look for cover.

The dead teenager was identified as Christopher Brown.

The unidentified off-duty police officer, who was attending the party, received critical injuries and was “fighting for her life,” D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham reported. Law enforcement officials said that the officer was shot in the neck. According to an initial report, 21 people were reportedly shot but it was then determined that one of the victims suffering injuries did not receive a bullet wound.

This party and the subsequent shooting raised tough question about large events that violate Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s order that prohibits gatherings of groups larger than 50 people.

Over 115 people have been killed in D.C. in 2020, which marks a 17 percent increase during the same timeframe in 2019.

D.C. is one of the most anti-gun jurisdictions and yet gun-related violence continues to occur. In addition, lax policing has contributed to the city’s perennial crime problems.

Local policymakers in urban centers across the nation will have to realize that their policies are making their jurisdictions much less desirable to live in. Unfortunately, progressivism clouds politicians’ better judgment on almost every occasion.