According to dcist, a shooting occurred at the popular musical demonstration held at the intersection at 14th and U Streets NW in Washington, DC.
The annual event began at 4 p.m. and was planned to end at 8 p.m. however, police began to clear the event around 8:30 p.m. due to a number of incidents. As the crowd spilled out of the intersection, another incident flared up. At this point, shots were fired causing many to flee the area. A 15-year-old was found dead and three others injured, including a police officer. The injured victims were taken to the nearby hospital for treatment of their non-life-threatening wounds. Police did confirm that a weapon was found at the scene.
The event, a regular occurrence since 2019, was co-sponsored by the D.C. Housing Finance Agency and organized by the organization Live Long GoGo DC. Despite the presence of 100 officers, the event was not permitted and simply advertised as a “peaceful demonstration" in honor of Juneteeth.
Attorney Laurence Banville has experience representing injured victims in Washington DC. Recently Laurence explained the legal rights available to victims and their families following a tragic music event shooting.
"When people attend a music event, they expect to be safe as they celebrate the event. Organizers are responsible for ensuring the celebration is staffed with security guards trained to identify potentially dangerous situations, including altercations. The event security should also be staffed to check the attendees for potential dangers, such as guns and other weapons. Events held in the street should be properly planned with sufficient crowd management procedures."
"Unfortunately, when an event organizer fails to properly plan an event with such large crowds, people can get seriously hurt or even killed. It can be difficult to determine who might be at fault in such incidents. In many cases, a third party, such as the event organizer, may be liable for security negligence. Victims are encouraged to discuss their legal options with an experienced violent crime attorney as they may be eligible for financial compensation."