A 15-year-old was killed and three people, including a police officer, were shot Sunday afternoon amid a Washington, D.C. street event that police said was “unpermitted.”
Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee told reporters Sunday night that several hundred people gathered for the Juneteenth advocacy and music festival called “Moechella,” repeatedly referring to it as an “unpermitted event.”
Contee said police moved to break up the event after a fight and another incident led to several people being trampled and injured. A firearm was recovered after the second incident.
Later, shots were fired among the crowd, police said.
Four people were shot, including a police officer and a juvenile. Three adult victims, including the policeman, were in local hospitals recovering, and a 15-year-old boy died, Contee said.
Police said they recovered several firearms from the area, including one from someone who was shot.
“We certainly want to make sure people are held accountable when they hold unpermitted events in our city,” Contee said Sunday night. “This is one of the reasons why.”
None of the victims have been identified by police and Contee did not mention a suspect.
According to Moechella’s Instagram page, the event was a Juneteenth “peaceful demonstration” with several musical artists performing on U Street, a historically Black neighborhood in the nation’s capital.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser called for accountability during a press conference Sunday night.
“We have a child who was killed today at an event that did not have any proper planning,” Bowser said. “We need some accountability here.”