- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Two people were killed and seven injured Saturday night in a shootout at an outdoor event in the Barry Farm neighborhood of Southeast. Police said no suspects are in custody.

Around 8:20 p.m. Saturday police were called to the 2600 block of Birney Place SE, where they found two men dead at the scene and seven others, including an 8-year-old boy, with non-life-threatening injuries.

Since some of the victims transported themselves to the hospital, police said there could be more people who were shot.

Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham said in a Saturday night press conference that a significant number of people were at the event, but the number of shooters is unknown

“There were multiple people out there and it looks like there were multiple shooters. So there was some kind of dispute up here that resulted in gunfire,” Chief Newsham said. “Because of the fact that there were so many people up here, we have a pretty good sense that we’re going to be able to get to the bottom of what exactly occurred up here.”

Mayor Muriel Bowser said the only way the shooters will be caught is with the help of residents.

“We need the community’s help … because what’s important when we have people with illegal guns and shootings is that they’re brought to justice,” Ms. Bowser said.


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