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A heavy police presence has blocked streets in a residential neighborhood in Washington DC where a gunman is reportedly shooting from an apartment building.
There were reports of at least two people being shot and injured around 3.30pm, NBC Washington reported. The shooter is still at large.
Police are reportedly entering the AVA building on Connecticut and Van Ness Avenue wearing riot gear and armed with guns, a local reported. Dozens of cop cars and emergency vehicles
People on social media reported hearing heavy gunfire in the area, with multiple social media videos depicting the sound of heavy, rapid fire gunshots. Witnesses told Fox 5 that they heard at least 100 gunshots go off in the area.
A mass casualties unit is reportedly heading toward the scene and a shelter in place order has been put in place. UDC-Van Ness campus is now in lockdown and students have been told to shelter in place until further notice.
A mother heard from her eleventh-grade son at Edmund Burke School that he heard multiple gunshots and the students have since taken cover.
‘This is the worst nightmare any parent can have,’ another parent told NBC Washington.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosive (ATF) are also assisting DC Police. Police have been seen with longarm guns and taking defensive positions behind cars and other vehicles, Fox 5 reported.
This is a developing story.
Police were seen near Van Ness and Connecticut Avenues
Street cameras show police blocking the street. It has been reported that police have entered the AVA building in riot gear. The shooter is still at large