Several people feared dead in mass shooting in Washington; police launch manhunt for gunman

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Multiple people are reportedly dead in the shooting incident in Washington, US

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Washington: Several people were feared dead after an unidentified gunman opened fire at people in Washington, US on Monday night. The incident has come hours after President Joe Biden confirmed the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in US-led strikes.

According to reports, the shooting was reported at about 8:30 pm in the 1500 block of F Street North East. The Metropolitan Police Department said there was a report of multiple victims but the police didn’t reveal the numbers. None of the victims have been identified and no suspect information has been released at this time.

Even Officer Sean Hickman, a police spokesman said that multiple victims were found. A neighbour, one of several gathered at the scene as ambulances lined the street, said she heard at least 15 gunshots.

With increasing incidents of gun violence in the United States, President Joe Biden had said that the US needs to ban assault weapons for the sake of protecting children and families or raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21.

Furthermore, on June 22, a group of US lawmakers reached a much-awaited deal on a bipartisan gun safety bill after recent mass shooting incidents in Uvalde, Buffalo and Texas, that struck a nerve in the country.

The new bill aims to take firearms away from dangerous people and provide billions of dollars in new mental health funding.