While thousands of people were visiting Howard University recently for the school’s popular homecoming, there was a drive-by shooting in nearby Northwest DC. Three people were shot, including two Howard students.
The shooting occurred on the 100 block of Adams Street around 12:50 a.m.
“Investigators say three victims were in the area when shots were fired. Officers say one person was shot in the elbow and another in the shoulder. Both victims were transported to nearby hospitals. The third victim walked into a hospital with gunshot wounds to the forearm. Police say a male and a female victim were Howard University students,” Fox 5 DC reported.
The investigation is ongoing.
It was one of five incidents of shootings that happened across the city during that weekend.
Gun violence appears to be spiking in the nation’s capital. Besides the shooting involving two Howard students, the recent shooting death of a 15-year-old Anacostia High School student, Thomas Johnson, near Nationals Park sparked protests in the streets. His classmates organized in an effort to stop gun violence and improve safety.
“Our community still grieves his loss and the loss of other children gone too soon,” Anacostia Principal William Haith said of Johnson. “Youth violence is not just an Anacostia problem. It’s not a Ward 8 problem. It’s a crisis across the nation.”
“Organizer Kamryn Anthony and other students drew up a list of demands to local officials. They include improving the District’s Safe Passage program, which protects kids as they travel to and from school; monthly mental health checkups; keeping the school open longer on Fridays as a safe space for students; and meetings with both the mayor and D.C. Public Schools chancellor,” WTOP reported.
“Every year we lose a student of Anacostia to gun violence, and as a community we need to rally together and protect our youth,” Anthony said.