At least three people were killed and three others were injured in what police suspect as a “targeted” shooting on Sept. 4 evening in Washington, D.C.
According to the Metropolitan Police Department, a shooting began at around 7:30 p.m. when gunmen jumped out of a vehicle and opened fire on a crowd of people standing near a street corner in the Brightwood Park neighborhood in northwest Washington, D.C.
The police reported that three people were pronounced dead while three others were brought to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The police identified the deceased victims on Sept. 5 as 31-year-old Donnetta Dyson, 24-year-old Keenan Braxton, and 37-year-old Johnny Joyner.
The police released a still image captured by a police security camera of the suspects’ vehicle described as a black Honda Accord sedan.
Police Chief Robert Contee said that multiple suspects were in the vehicle and opened fire, but it was not clear if there was a shootout between the gunmen in the vehicle and the people on the street.
“We believe that more than one person were definitely firing,” Contee said, adding that the motive is under investigation.
“It appears there were individuals who were hanging out on the block and these individuals for whatever reason were targeted,” Contee said.
Contee added that a gun was recovered at the scene.
“We know that this issue is not unique to Washington, D.C., but I think it speaks to the overall sickness that we’re seeing in our community and that sickness is gun violence,” Contee said, describing it as “very frustrating.”
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