WASHINGTON (ABC7) — A 12-year-old boy was shot Thursday night in Northeast DC, and Police Chief Peter Newsham says this is now the third child shot in the District this year by a stray bullet.
Metropolitan Police and paramedics arrived on Pond Street around 7 p.m., and the boy was unresponsive outside, near his home.
Newsahm is making it very clear, this was not a single gun. There were multiple weapons out here Thursday night. He’s not sure if there was an exchange of gunfire but bullets came from different guns. And ABC7 video captured roughly 48 of 61 shell casing markers.
The boy was rushed to the hospital and remains in critical condition. In the meantime, police have continued their search for the shooter for over 10 hours.
“We had a little baby over at the bus stop...on Minnesota and Pennsylvania, we had a 6-year-old the other night who was in the back seat of a car in the 2400 block of Alabama and now we have a 12-year-old kid who should be at home enjoying his evening and is at one of our local hospitals, struggling, because he has been shot. it has got to stop,” says Newsham.
Neighbors tell ABC7 News that that they also heard gunshots around the same time on Wednesday night.
Authorities are asking for the public to be on the lookout for a silver vehicle with four occupants with one person wearing an orange hoodie.