Earlier: The “Leaded Law” And Mass Shootings—Poor Black Marksmanship Is Saving Lives and Minorities Not Social Distancing: 400 Plus Person Party In East Bakersfield Scene Of Mass Shooting (With No One Killed)
From the Washington Post:
Peter Hermann, Michael Brice-Saddler and Clarence Williams
August 9, 2020 at 3:48 p.m. PDT
A 17-year-old was killed and an off-duty D.C. police officer was fighting for her life after authorities said at least 20 people were shot when a dispute broke out early Sunday at a cookout attended by hundreds of people in Southeast Washington.
D.C. police said at least three shooters opened fire from different locations about 12:30 a.m. on Dubois Place in the Greenway neighborhood, sending panicked partygoers racing for cover and others screaming for friends and relatives.
The dead teenager was identified as Christopher Brown. …
Videos posted on social media show revelers partying shoulder-to-shoulder near Dubois and 34th streets. After the shots, some victims fell while others scattered; the crime scene sprawled for blocks, with police marking 170 pieces of evidence. Police said nearly 100 bullets were fired.
The party and the tragedy that ensued revived questions about large gatherings that flout Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s order that prohibits groups larger than 50 people and requires those older than 2 to wear a mask when they leave home and are likely to come into contact with others. The mask requirement, one of the strictest in the nation, was toughened recently after cases began to spike.
More than 115 people have been slain in the District this year, a 17 percent increase over this time in 2019, which ended the year with a decade high.
This block party was an 11 minute commute by car from United States Capitol building. It’s widely assumed that the reason black neighborhoods like this one have so many shootings is because they are in Bad locations where nobody could flourish. My view is that the opposite might often be more relevant: that black neighborhoods often are in terrific locations, such as an 11 minute commute from the Capitol, but that the way that blacks can continue to afford to live in them is due to all the shootings and other bad behavior.