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17-year-old father killed, 21 shot including an off-duty officer in D.C., police say

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17-year-old father killed, 21 shot including an off-duty officer in D.C., police say
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WASHINGTON (WJLA) — A teenage father is dead and 21 people were injured including an off-duty D.C. police officer early Sunday morning at a block party in Southeast Washington. 

The victim has been identified as 17-year-old Christopher Brown. 

"I really don't understand how my child's life is gone. 17, my oldest, I have five boys. Just an innocent king's life is taken for whatever the reason," the teen's mother said Sunday.

His mother says Brown's family isn't handling the news of his passing well and the teen's aunt told reporters that he has a 1-year-old son and another child on the way.

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Caption: A teenage father is dead and 20 people were shot including an off-duty D.C. police officer early Sunday morning at a block party in Southeast Washington. (ABC7)

Police say the off-duty 1st District police officer was shot and is in the hospital fighting for her life.   

Authorities say another 17-year-old was shot and at least 11 of the 21 victims shot were women, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham stated during a Sunday morning media briefing. 

Newsham says there were multiple shooters involved in the incident when shots were fired at a gathering at approximately 12:20 a.m. at 33rd and Dubois Place. 

DC Fire and EMS report that first responders transported nine patients from the shooting scene and two people from two other locations. 

Posters were distributed to promote the 34th-N-Eat 5th annual cookout/block party and it was advertised as a drama-free event with food and liquor provided.  Currently, there is no suspect information related to the shooting.  

"When you don't love yourself and don't love yourself and don't know who you are, it is easy for you to bring a machine gun to a peaceful event and instantly take someone's life.  That ain't gangsta, that's a coward!  It's very sickening," says Councilman Trayon White. 

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Caption: Christopher Brown's mother speaks on the loss of her son (Sam Ford, ABC7){{ }}{p}{/p}
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