One dead, five hurt in Washington DC shooting

Authorities yet to confirm whether a suspect has been taken into custody

Reuters September 20, 2019
Rescue vehicles are seen following a shooting in Washington DC on September 19, 2019, in this picture obtained from social media. PHOTO: CHRIS G COLLISON/REUTERS

WASHINGTON DC: One person was killed and five others wounded on Thursday in a shooting on the streets of Washington, DC, not far from the White House, police said.

It was not immediately clear if a suspect had been taken into custody in the incident, but a law enforcement source told Reuters it was not considered an "active shooter" situation.

The source said the five wounded victims of the shooting were expected to survive their injuries.

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The gunfire erupted in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, about two (three km) from the White House on Thursday night.

ABC affiliate WJLA-TV posted images on Twitter of ambulances carrying victims from the scene and said there had been a "massive" police response at the intersection of 14th Street and Columbia Road.

The attack in Washington comes just over a month after 30 people were killed in two separate shootings on the same day in Ohio and Texas.

On August 3, a 21-year-old white male identified as Patrick Crusius opened fire at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, killing 20 people and wounding 26 others.

Hours later, 10 people - including the perpetrator Connor Betts and his sister Meghan Betts - were killed and 27 others injured in a shooting at a bar in Dayton, Ohio.

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