Mayor & Police Chief provide update after Southeast DC mass shooting


WASHINGTON (WDVM) — Chief Peter Newsham says his department is now investigating how a party with hundreds of people got so out of hand before more than 20 people were shot over the weekend in Southeast DC. Chief Nesham says the officers on scene were “heroic,” but that the party should not have gotten so big to begin with.

Newsham says 22 people were shot in total. 17-year-old Christopher Brown, a father of a one-year-old child, was killed. An off-duty officer was at the party when she was shot. She is in critical condition. The rest of the injuries are non-life threatening, according to MPD.

“I can’t recall an incident where we had that many people injured by gunfire in my career.”

Chief Peter Newsham, Metropolitan Police Department

Police Chief Peter Newsham says at least three people started shooting during an argument at a party with hundreds of people just before 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

3300 Block of Dubois Place, Southeast DC. Sunday August 9, 2020

Both Mayor Bowser and Chief Newsham have said this party was too dangerous during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gatherings of more than 50 people are still illegal in the District.

Anyone with information about the mass shooting is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099. You can also text your tips to 50411.

This is a developing story and will be updated. Stay with for the latest.


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