4 shot, teen killed in shooting near Juneteenth-related event in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A 15-year-old boy was killed and a Washington, D.C. police officer was among three adults wounded in a shooting Sunday evening near a downtown Juneteenth celebration.

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Update 3:59 p.m. EDT June 20: Police on Monday identified the teen killed in Sunday’s shooting as Chase Poole, from Northwest D.C., The Washington Post reported. Officials, who spoke with the Post on the condition of anonymity, told the newspaper that authorities found a firearm on Chase but that it remained unclear whether he or those with him had been targeted in the shooting.

Police Chief Robert Contee asked Monday for help from the community as authorities continue to investigate.

“Last night’s shooting tragically took the life of a 15 year-old boy and left three others, including an MPD officer, injured,” he said. “The person who took Chase’s life and brought this violence to our community must be held accountable.”

Officials are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting.

Original report: D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee III confirmed to WTOP that four people, including the 15-year-old male, two adult civilians and the officer, were shot at the intersection of 14th and U Streets in Northwest.

The shooting occurred at just before 9:30 p.m. EDT near a “Moechella” event, a Juneteenth gathering not approved by D.C. officials, according to the TV station.

The officer, who has not been identified publicly, was shot in the leg, police confirmed to WJLA-TV.

Video from the scene circulating on social media Sunday night showed people running in multiple directions.

According to WTOP, a fight broke out, and officers eventually shut the unpermitted event down.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser offered condolences to the family who lost their child in the shooting. She also voiced concerns over crowd control issues during unapproved events and the presence of guns in heavily populated, public areas, the TV station reported.

“We need some accountability here,” Bowser told reporters gathered at the scene.

According to WTOP, all three adult victims are listed in “stable” condition, and police are seeking a suspect.