In Washington DC, a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed at a local music event. Several other people were injured in an exchange of gunfire, including a policeman, The New York Times reported.

It all happened on June 19, in the midst of June 19th celebrations near the culturally significant street corner on 14th and U Northwest streets. The music event was a recurring free festival called Moechella. Moechella is a portmanteau that mixes the slang term for friend, “moe”, and the festival name “Coachella”. Additionally, the festival’s social media describes its event as a “Washington DC Culture Amplifying Advocacy Festival”.

During the festival, however, “several individuals were shot,” Metro Police Chief Robert J. Contee III confirmed at a press conference. Also according to the police department, Moechella was an unauthorized event. “That’s one of the reasons we don’t want unauthorized events happening in our city,” Chief Contee said. “Unfortunately, things like this can happen when you have the wrong mix of people or people bringing guns into a situation.

“Illegal guns in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them make events like this dangerous for people who just want to enjoy the good weather, who want to enjoy Father’s Day, who want to enjoy our city,” he continued.

Police are currently looking for suspects as this is a developing case.

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