Several social media posts had advertised the annual “34th-n-EAT” block party to be held in the area on Saturday night.According to Newsham, a dispute broke out at the gathering and several people took out weapons and exchanged gunfire.More than 20 units from D.C. Fire and EMS, responded to the scene.The street was also littered with bullet casings, in addition to car keys and other belongings left behind by people who were fleeing the gunfire.No arrests have been made, as police remained at the scene and continued to investigate Sunday morning.The mayor said the gathering was illegal on a number of levels.“It is illegal to drink on the street in the District of Columbia; it is illegal to smoke marijuana on the street in the District of Columbia. It is illegal to be in a gathering of more than 50 – all of those things are not good,” she said.“And, sadly, when you put illegal guns in the hands of people willing to use them, it means some person could lose her life or some people could lose their lives. As a community, it’s really important that we have zero tolerance for this type of activity; that we support the Metropolitan Police Department … and that may mean that people will have to go to jail,” Bowser added. A Washington, D.C. police officer is said to be “fighting for her life” after being wounded early Sunday during a shootout that killed a teenager and injured at least 20 others, Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a press conference.Police responded to reports of shots fired just before 1 a.m. at a large gathering in a residential neighborhood in southeast Washington.Newsham says 20 people were wounded at the scene. At least 11 of the victims are female.Additionally, 17-year-old Christopher “Poppy” Brown was shot and pronounced dead at a hospital.An off-duty DC Metro police officer was also shot and is “struggling for her life right now,” Newsham told reporters, while standing next to Mayor Muriel Bowser.The rest of the victims have non-life-threatening injuries. Some of them walked to a nearby fire station and hospital after being grazed by bullets.Shooting: 3300 b/o Dubois Place, SE. No lookout.— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) August 9, 2020
Lanier said there are still a few things that the Trojans must work on to be the team they want to be. Following its decisive win against Cal, USC attempted to ride the wave of momentum into its match against Stanford Sunday. Coming off a pair of conference wins against Oregon State and Oregon, USC women’s volleyball managed to upset No. 15 Cal 3-1 before narrowly losing 3-2 to Stanford this past weekend. In the second set, senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier shined, notching six kills. Lanier totaled 26 kills and 28 points on the match, matching her career-high in both categories. She continues to shred opposing defenses and has been a key leader and performer for the Trojans this season. Lanier said she would not have been as successful against Cal without her middle line. “I have Raegan [LeGrand] and Jenna [Adams] behind me,” she said. “That’s one of the biggest things. They give me the confidence that even when I’m having an off night blocking, it’s not going to kill us and we’re not going to lose a game off of one skill. So I think that’s the biggest thing — just having confidence in each other.” The Trojans can draw a number of positives from the match. Sophomore setter Raquel Lázaro once again showed her ability to consistently produce for the Trojans with 43 assists on the night. She has dished out at least 33 assists in all of her matches so far and has been one of the Trojans’ biggest impact players. “We’re still trying to nitpick some things, fine-tune some things, and it’s getting better every day, every practice, so if we can just keep rolling with that,” Lanier said. Once again, the Trojans started out the match hot, winning the first two sets to put Stanford in a deep hole. Supported by explosive runs and consistent kills, the Trojans held a commanding two-set lead heading into the third. The Trojans came out strong in their first set against Cal Friday, allowing only one tie and no lead changes en route to a 11-0 run to win the set. However, No. 2 Stanford finally settled down and began to take over the match. Led by freshman outside hitter Kendall Kipp’s 23 kills, Stanford proceeded to pick apart the Trojans and won three straight sets in dominating fashion to capture the match. Despite their lackluster start, the Cardinal outplayed USC both offensively and defensively, out-blocking the Trojans 12 to 10 and putting up 75 kills compared to USC’s 57. The Trojans finished off the Bears 25-19 in the fourth set, riding on eight kills from Lanier. Along with Lanier’s firepower, Cal’s 32 errors in the game — compared to 12 for USC — were a major factor in the Trojans coming out on top. Sophomore setter Raquel Lázaro celebrates during the Trojans’ game against Cal Friday. Lázaro had 43 assists against the Bears. (Krystal Gallegos / Daily Trojan) This loss marks USC’s seventh in a row against Stanford, but the Trojans will have at least one more chance to get revenge when they visit the Cardinal later this season.