At least 21 people were injured when gunfire ripped through a cookout party gathering in the 3300 block of Dubois Place S.E. Seven victims sustained critical injures, and one was confirmed dead.
Police said the incident took place at 12:20 a.m. and left victims scattered across several blocks. The gathering was illegal, although hundreds of people attended the event. Eyewitnesses said the party was a big event in the traditionally quiet neighborhood.
A teenager, 17-year-old Christopher "Poppy" Brown, died in the shooting. The teen was a father to a one-year-old baby. At least three suspects were involved in the attack according to the initial investigation by the police.
D.C. has some of the most stringent firearm laws in the country. Firearm permits are required to purchase a firearm. There is also an existing "assault weapons" ban, a high capacity magazine prohibition, and "red flag" laws. However, none of these restrictions prevented the attackers from claiming innocent life and injuring dozens of people.
Although this was arguably the deadliest shooting in the recent past, similar incidents have been taking place in the district. D.C. has witnessed an increase in homicides in the past three years, and the situation worsened with the current coronavirus pandemic and BLM protests.
Three weeks ago, 14 people were injured after three gunmen opened fire on shoppers at El Amigo restaurant on 14th Street in Columbia Heights before speeding away in a dark blue vehicle.
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said the district experienced over 100 shootings in July, since the beginning of the year. The number was a 20% increase compared to the same period in 2019.
Despite the failure of gun control, Democrats in D.C. will exploit this incident to call for more gun control, which failed to prevent the incident from happening in the first place.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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