Mass Shooting Rocks DC Minutes Away From Whitehouse

( – The Gun Violence Archive tracks shootings in the United States, including mass and non-mass shootings, suicides, and accidental homicides involving guns. So far this year, nearly 4,500 people have died and almost 8,000 injured. The most recent entry was to record a mass shooting that occurred in Washington, DC, just blocks from the White House.

On the evening of April 10, multiple suspects drove up the 1100 block of 21st Street NE in DC and opened fire into a crowd in the Carver Langston neighborhood. Investigators said the perpetrators were driving a light blue Toyota sedan with heavily tinted windows, so it was hard to see inside.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene. Five other individuals were injured — two men, one woman, and two children. Their current conditions are still unknown, but Metropolitan Police Chief Pamela Smith mentioned their injuries were not life-threatening.

The police chief said that preliminary investigations showed that two men exited the sedan to fire upon the neighborhood residents. Surveillance footage captured the car used in the crime, showing a paper license tag on the back of the vehicle but no tag on the front.

While overall violent crime in Washington, DC, has decreased 22% since last year, Smith said police are “seeing an increase in guns in the district.” She said the department is doing what it can to remove guns from the street. The chief didn’t say if police had any leads on the shooters, but the gunmen are still at large.

While the shooting was taking place, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden were hosting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his wife at the White House, only four miles away. The meeting included a discussion in the Oval Office, followed by a press conference and state dinner with a live performance by Paul Simon. Biden and his guests were likely unaware of the chaos that erupted nearby.

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