WASHINGTON, DC (7News) — One man was shot and killed by a police officer, and two others were shot in a nearby shootout Saturday afternoon in the Brightwood Park area of Northwest D.C.
Parents told 7News children were playing in an inflatable bouncy house at a going away party a short distance from where the man was shot by police. One parent said there were about 15 kids, almost all of them between the ages of three and five. The party was taking place at Fort Slocum Park.
A witness said in addition to the man police shot, three other people ran out of the car into the woods in the park.
Police said the shootout happened a short time before the officer-involved shooting. It took place near an auto parts store at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Longfellow Street. MPD executive assistant chief of police Ashan Benedict said the shootout was between two vehicles going northbound on Georgia and people who were walking on Longfellow. He says two people were shot and have injuries that are not life-threatening.
From there, Benedict said police followed one of the vehicles they believed was involved in the shooting to near 2nd Street and Madison Street Northwest, a half mile away. Four men got out, including one man police said was holding a handgun.
“[The officer] gave a command,” Benedict said. “Those commands were not complied with, and [the officer] discharged his weapon one time.”
Police described the injuries as critical early Saturday evening, but multiple people who said they are family members of the man told 7News that he died.
MPD said Sunday that Kevin Hartgraves-Shird, 31, of southeast D.C. died. His alleged gun was recovered at the scene.
I need to see the body cam footage,” said a woman named Serena who said she was the man’s sister. “I need to see what happened -- and if it’s not fair, then I’m going to fight for this one. Because that’s my brother, that’s my blood baby brother. I have an issue with this.
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The MPD member involved has been placed on administrative leave, pursuant to MPD policy. Body-worn camera footage from this incident is currently under review.
Police said between the shootout scene and where the man was shot by the officer, they recovered a total of four guns.
The shootout and officer-involved shooting were part of a very violent four days in D.C.
“Since Wednesday, we have had 13 shootings, 21 victims, five fatal,” Benedict said at the scene. Another man was shot in the 200 block of V Street NW a short time after the officer-involved shooting.