In Washington, DC, police believe a targeted shooting attack killed one man and injured three others. The incident took place shortly before 12:30 p.m., after mourners had left a service for a murder victim at Stewart Funeral Home in Northeast Washington.
DC Police Chief Robert Contee expressed dismay at the brazen nature of the attack during a press conference, questioning the humanity of those who would target individuals at a funeral. The man who was fatally shot was declared dead at the scene, while the three injured victims were transported to a nearby hospital with seemingly non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators are still working to determine the reason behind the targeting of the four victims. According to the police, the victims were near the sidewalk when they were struck, and it does not appear that any of them exchanged gunfire with the shooter. Police Chief Contee did not provide further details on why the victims were believed to have been targeted.
The funeral service was for 24-year-old Stephon Lamont Carroll, who was killed in Southeast Washington on March 24. The shooter in Carroll’s case remains at large. A police officer had been stationed near the funeral home at the family’s request, which Contee stated was standard procedure for homicide victim services.
Authorities have not identified any suspects in the funeral home shooting and are urging witnesses to come forward with information. Following the incident, police advised individuals in the area to be on the lookout for a green vehicle fleeing the scene. A reporter from WUSA9 observed a man walking on the street wearing a blood-soaked T-shirt after the shooting.
As the investigation continues, multiple streets surrounding the funeral home have been closed, and a significant police presence remains at the scene.