WASHINGTON - Police are investigating a double shooting in Southeast D.C. that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old boy who had attended Anacostia High School.
D.C. police said they responded to the shooting at around 2:30 p.m. and officers found the teenager suffering from a gunshot wound in the 1900 block of 16th Street, which is located a few blocks away from the high school. He was transported to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Police received another call and located a man also shot about a block away on 17th Street. Sources said he was delivering pizzas and was struck in the leg. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Investigators believe both shootings are connected.
Teachers told FOX 5 the teenage victim was a sophomore last year at the high school. But it is unclear why he was not at school on Thursday or if he was even enrolled at Anacostia High School this year.
Lavonna Owona, one of the victim's former teachers, showed up at the crime scene after learning he had been shot and described the 17-year-old as "a very nice kid, very laid back, very jovial, cynical. Had a lot of humor, very funny, easygoing kid."
She added, "I think that all these children deserve an opportunity to grow old. I think that the things that are taking place in the community started way before them and sometimes they don't necessarily know what they are even involved in."
Police have yet to officially release the teenage victim's name. His death is the city's 91st homicide this year.