3 injured in shooting in US, upscale Washington neighborhood in lockdown
Three people were injured on Friday after a gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon in an upscale neighborhood in the US capital, police said.
Washington’s Connecticut Avenue-Van Ness neighborhood was on lockdown after the mid-afternoon shooting and residents were evacuated as police searched for the shooter.
Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Emerman said three people had been taken to hospital – two adults in critical but stable condition and a girl with minor gunshot wounds.
Emerman told reporters that police had no suspects in custody and were conducting a search of homes and apartment buildings in the area.
“We don’t have a motive at this time,” Emerman said. “We locked down the neighborhood.
Residents of the neighborhood could be seen being evacuated by police, who swarmed the area with dozens of heavily armed officers.
Several ambulances were also on the scene.
Videos on social media appeared to record long bursts of automatic gunfire near a high school and university in the neighborhood, which is also home to a number of embassies.
Police officers were seen pointing guns at an apartment building as they escorted residents to the area where the shooting occurred.
The University of the District of Columbia, across from the scene of the shooting, has been closed.
“Active shooting incident near student housing located on Van Ness Street/Connecticut Avenue NW. Suspect remains at large,” the school said in a tweeted statement.
“Law enforcement is on scene. Take cover and stay put until further notice.”
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