According to Northeast DC authorities, several people were shot

Six men were shot, including one fatally, in an explosion of gunfire late Monday in northeastern Washington, not far from Capitol Hill, authorities said.

The shooting was reported around 8:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of F Street NE outside the Azeeze Bates apartment complex, Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said at a press conference Monday evening. The five injured were taken to hospital. Their conditions were not known.

Contee said he did not know the reason for the shooting and police did not know if the men knew each other. He said there appeared to be a large group of people in the area when the shots were fired. An investigation is underway.

“I’m angry that residents have to experience this in their community tonight,” Contee said. The people didn’t deserve this. They didn’t deserve to have people shot in the communities where they live.

“The investments were made to stem the tide of violence in our communities,” Contee said. “Yet it seems that we have people in our communities who have just lost their sense of humanity.”

The shooting site is in the Kingman Park neighborhood near the northeast edge of Capitol Hill. A neighbour, one of many at the scene as ambulances lined the street, said she heard at least 15 gunshots.

Neighborhood Advisory Commissioner Laura Gentile spent the evening chatting with residents who live near the shooting.

“It’s awful,” Gentile said. “It’s the worst we’ve ever seen. People feel very in danger.

Contee asked anyone with information to call 202-727-9099.

Monday’s violent night included three other shootings, none of which were fatal. A woman was shot on Gainesville Street SE; a man was shot in Newton Place NW; and another man was shot dead on Oglethorpe Street NE, all within hours, officials said.

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