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Newsham: Organizer of gathering where teen father killed, 21 shot in DC may face charges

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Newsham: Organizer of gathering where teen father killed, 21 shot in DC may face charges
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The organizer of a large weekend gathering where a 17-year-old father was shot and killed and 21 others were wounded including an off-duty officer could face charges, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said Monday during Mayor Muriel Bowser's news conference.

Christopher Brown was transported to an area hospital where he died and an off-duty female officer was shot in the neck and remains in very serious condition. 12 female victims (including the officer) and nine male victims were shot, and more than half of the shooting victims self-transported to the hospital, according to Newsham.

Brown is the father of a 1-year-old son and his family told reporters Sunday that he has another child on the way. 

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A search is underway Monday for the shooters involved, the incident was an exchange of gunfire with over 100 rounds fired by reportedly at least four shooters at the block party early Sunday morning at 33rd and Dubois Place in Southeast Washington. Newsham called the shooting "absolutely ridiculous."

D.C. requires permits for gatherings in the city and the police chief said there was not a permit for the party and is calling for the individual who organized the event to be held accountable.

The mass shooting is bringing up questions of why a large group of people was able to gather on the street and no one broke it up. Bowser has an order in place that no more than 50 people can be in the same place at once during the pandemic.

Newsham said officers were on the scene prior to the shooting but it's his understanding that there were not enough cops to break up a crowd of that size.

When asked how she may prevent similar events like what occurred with the weekend shooting, the mayor referred to it as a "conundrum."

"We get that people want to be together but we need people to be socially distanced, wear a mask, and don’t settle your problems with guns," said Bowser. 

Newsham said that the people who attended the party have a civic responsibility to talk to police and he's asking anyone with information to call 202-727-9099 or text 50411.

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