Washington, DC, police are searching several buildings in the Van Ness neighborhood after a shooting wounded three people, alerting the public to the “active threat” and urging residents near the area to “shelter in place”
The victims included two adults, a man and a woman, and a “female minor,” according to police. It is not clear if they are related. All three are expected to recover from their injuries.
“This is a very early point in our investigation,” Deputy Police Chief Stuart Emerman said at a news conference on Friday. “We’re still trying to figure out a motive or what specifically happened here.”
He added that police have dispersed throughout the area looking for a suspect or suspects in the shooting, which is believed to have taken place in one location. Students from the nearby Edmund Burke School are sheltering inside and being protected by officers, Emerman added.
“Please shelter in place,” he said. “Please wait until we make the area safe.”
Live news showed at least a dozen police cars responding to the shooting. An armored truck was also deployed in response.
Heavily armed police officers with rifles were also present at the scene, pointing their weapons at what appeared to be the upper floors of a building.
Every few minutes, police officers have been seen escorting people from an AVA apartment complex in the area.
Several ambulances were also at the scene.
“We are praying for his health and well-being,” DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said at the news conference. “We are asking all residents to follow the instructions of law enforcement. Stay in your houses. Shelter in place until law enforcement can release these scenes and really dig into this investigation safely.”
A man, who lives in an apartment building near the scene of the shooting, told WUSA he saw a woman running and screaming, “I got shot! I’m shot!”
“After hearing the gunshots, I went to the back window, saw the children coming out of the school and running frantically to both sides,” he said. “Then I went to the basement, I saw people hiding under the car. More shots.
“We heard so many gunshots,” added a Howard University law student. “Everyone stopped their cars. We were almost bumper to bumper. We all stopped. We did not know what to do. Then we hear another round go off. There were at least 20 shots.”
Videos from near the scene of the reported shooting, near Edmund Burke High School and 4101 NW Connecticut Avenue, showed multiple police officers heading to the scene.
The shooting itself took place near a private residence, NBC4 Reports.
Unverified videos on social media reportedly captured dozens of gunshots that rang out during the shooting.
There is no immediate information on what led up to the shooting.
The nearby University of the District of Columbia said washington post has temporarily closed its campus and law school as the incident unfolds.
“Active sweeps” are underway as the investigation continues, according to police.
Traffic has been cut off throughout the area.
the independent has contacted the police for more information.
Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Secret Service are also on the scene. The FBI is also helping with the investigation.
The Secret Service confirmed to CNN that the shooting had “no impact” on an individual they were protecting.
An individual was seen being led away in handcuffs by police, although it is unclear if they are related to the shooting.
Police say they have not caught anyone they have considered suspicious, although they have temporarily detained people seen fleeing the shooting for questioning.
There have been at least 147 mass shootings and more than 13,000 deaths due to gun violence this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a group that tracks shootings in the US.