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Shooting Erupts In Popular Area Of DC

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Diana Glebova Contributor
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A shooting erupted in a popular area of Washington, D.C., Thursday at around 8:20 p.m., while a number of patrons were eating at nearby restaurants.

Two people were reportedly shot, with one victim in the restaurant Mexicue. A witness said they saw a black sedan leaving the area quickly, driving on the sidewalk of 14th street.

People ran from the area as multiple rounds of gun shots were heard. (RELATED: 10-Minute String Of Shootings Leave 14-Year-Old Dead, 9 Others Injured)

One witness described the scene, saying that “it sounded like a war zone.”

Police issued an update with a description of a suspect and vehicle: “Lookout is for a B/M male wearing a lime green/yellow hooded sweater fleeing in a older black Honda Civic with DC Tags last seen eastbound towards S Street, NW.”

A video of the suspects and the vehicle was published by the Metropolitan Police Department.

There have been multiple shootings in Washington, D.C., this week. A 6-year-old girl was fatally shot by a drive-by shooter Friday and five others were wounded, the New York Times reported.

One day later, three people were shot outside of Nationals Park at the Washington Nationals vs. San Padres game.

The D.C. Police Union tweeted, “Welcome to Washington, D.C. Where violent crime permeates everything. It is a tragedy that elected officials won’t let us do our jobs,” in response to the Saturday shooting.

Lawmakers in D.C. defunded the police by $15 million dollars in the aftermath of 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, according to the Washington Post. Police departments across the country told the Daily Caller News Foundation that budget cuts have limited their ability to hire more personnel.

The rate of assaults committed with a gun has risen in D.C. in 2021 compared to 2020, with 471 assaults compared to 438 by this time last year, according to data by the Metropolitan Police Department.

Crime rates have skyrocketed in the U.S., with an estimated 25% increase in murder rates in 2020, preliminary data from the FBI showed, as reported by The New York Times. There have been 380 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

This is a developing story.