In the midst of the Don’t Mute DC movement, it’s quite disheartening to see such a big wave in violence this month — the most striking probably being that of 15-year-old Maurice Scott, who was killed in SE at the start of the week. You can read the news story below (in full here):

Maurice Scott was walking to the store – about a block away from Somerset Prep School where he went to school – when a gunman got out of the passenger’s side of a car and opened fire.

DC Police said the shooter shot four people in total. Council member Trayon White heard the shots ring out and ran to the scene. He said the three other females who were shot were all relatives, including a mother and her 9-year-old daughter. They were shot in the legs and feet and are expected to survive.

“It was a horrifying scene, clothes on the ground, people screaming,” White said. White represents Ward 8 and says in the past nine months alone, 18 children have been shot there. He is fed up with the violence, as 7 other people were shot Monday, following WUSA9’s interview with the councilman.

Police are still looking for the shooter who they say was in a light colored, four door sedan. They are also reviewing security camera footage from nearby stores. It happened on the 3500 block of Wheeler Avenue in Southeast DC.

Scott, 15, was the only one who did not survive the shooting.

CM White also revealed that there will be a community meeting at Malcolm X and MLK (Congress Heights) at 6:30pm this Friday. It always seems like the Summer brings death, and it’s only hopeful that we as a community can come together to find a proper solution.

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