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Published on May 13, 2024
12-Year-Old Boy Recovers After Accidental Shooting in Northeast D.C. Amidst Weekend of ViolenceSource: Unsplash/ Michael Förtsch

A 12-year-old boy in Northeast D.C. is recovering after he accidentally shot himself on Sunday afternoon. 

According to DC News Now. The Metropolitan Police Department responded to the 3600 block of Jay St., where they found the injured boy who was, still conscious and breathing.

He was quickly transported to a nearby hospital with injuries described as non-life-threatening. This incident added to the string of recent shootings in the area, that have left one dead and six injured, including children.

Over the weekend, a wave of violence swept through the district, as detailed by NBC Washington. Another resident, expressing the simmering tension in the neighborhood, said, "Bullets can come through those windows and the kids, or whatever, the teenagers have taken over. I pray every time," recounting the fear that drives many to seek safer surroundings.

The string of violence started on Saturday with two men being shot on Hayes Street, one fatally. Earlier, two additional shootings occurred in Southeast D.C. with victims on Alabama Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. While a suspect was stopped in connection with the Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue shooting, no arrests have been reported for the other incidents.