WASHINGTON — A man was killed and three others were seriously injured Tuesday in a shot outside a funeral for a homicide victim in the nation’s capital, according to police.
Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said a police officer was stationed near the funeral home in northeast Washington where the service was held when shooting broke out around 12:30 p.m.
Gunshots erupted about 20 minutes after the funeral for someone who was fatally shot in March ended. The victim’s family had asked police to have officers near the funeral, Contee said.
At least four people were shot, Contee said. A man died at the scene and three other people, two men and a woman, were taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to a DC Fire and EMS spokesperson.
«At this point, it appears that a number of people who were on the block were targeted specifically,» Contee said at a news conference outside the funeral home. “We are not sure why, why these people were attacked, more or less why they were attacked at a funeral. We don’t understand that.»
Police have made no arrests in the case.
The shootings come as the country reels from the latest series of mass shootings, including five people killed at a Louisville bank on Monday.