A 14-year-old boy was killed Monday night in a shooting in Southeast D.C.
It happened after 8:30 p.m. on the 2600 block of Birney Place near the Anacostia Metro Station.
D.C. police Chief Robert Contee said in a news conference Monday night that police found the boy with gunshot wounds, and he was taken to the hospital.
“I’m saddened to report to the community that a 14-year-old young man lost his life tonight to a senseless act of gun violence,” Contee said, offering his condolences to the boy’s family.
Contee is asking anyone with information on what happened to call D.C. police at 202-727-9099.
The ninth-grader, Contee said, appears to have been targeted but the reason is not yet known.
“This family should be grieving the lost of a 14-year-old child tonight,” Contee said, adding that many young people are showing up either as a victim or a suspect in these types of crimes.
Police have not released the name of the boy who died, and they have also not release any suspect information.
Below is a map of where the shooting took place.
WTOP’s Abigail Constantino contributed to this report.