Washington, DC – The police received an emergency call at 1:30 p.m.
Five people were seriously injured in a brutal shooting in the “Congress Heights” district in the southeast of the city. A woman and a man were wounded so badly that they died on the scene.
Two of the injured had to be taken to hospital, but their lives were not in danger. A third person suffered minor injuries and was also taken to a hospital, the police said at a press conference that afternoon.
The background to the fact was still being investigated, but it was apparently about the escalation of a dispute between two groups, said police chief Robert Contee on Wednesday afternoon (local time). It is also still unclear what type of weapon has been used.
The officials could not rule out at the moment that there was more than one perpetrator, Contee said. In addition, the police have announced a reward of up to 25,000 dollars (21,300 euros) for important information about the incident.
The poorer southeast of the city is known for its high crime rate. Above all, the city wants to take action against gun violence, including a 15 million dollar prevention program.
Just four weeks ago, a man opened fire in the southeast of the city and injured several people in a supermarket.