The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is investigating a Saturday afternoon shooting that occurred in the Navy Yard district, Fox News confirms.

In a press release issued to Fox News, the Metropolitan Police Department stated the shooting “occurred at approximately 2:51 pm [Saturday] in the unit block of I Street, SE.”

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“Upon arrival to the scene, members located shell casings but no victim,” MPD stated in the assertion. “Shortly thereafter, an adult male victim, conscious and breathing, walked into an area hospital suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. This case remains under active investigation.”

Photos shared to social media from people close to the scene of the incident present a police presence in the space with some roads closed to the public.

Another photograph shared to social media exhibits warning tape stretched across the highway at the scene of the incident. A social media consumer who was close to the scene of the shooting stated he might hear “the shots from inside the building.”

Sarah Iddrissu, chief of employees for Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., drew criticism on Twitter after she claimed the Navy Yard shooting would push Republicans to name for “gun control” measures.

“All the Republicans in Navy Yard are about to agree: we need gun control,” Iddrissu wrote.

According to Gifford’s Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, D.C. has “some of the strongest gun violence prevention legislation in the nation.”

Gifford’s additionally famous that the capital metropolis “requires all guns to be registered and has high standards for the types of guns that can be owned or possessed.”

“Firearms purchased in DC are rarely used in crimes,” Gifford’s states on its web site. “In 2017, DC imported crime guns at more than 44 times the rate at which it exported crime guns–nearly every gun recovered at a crime scene in DC was originally purchased in another state.”

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (Carlos Barria/Pool via AP)

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (Carlos Barria/Pool by way of AP)

Overall, crime is up 2% in the nation’s capital this yr. Robberies, burglaries, and arson are down whereas violent crime and car thefts have elevated, in keeping with police figures. Washington has seen at the least 200 homicides in 2021, the highest quantity in a long time. 

In October, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser introduced a fall crime initiative meant to fight gun violence in the metropolis’s most harmful neighborhoods. Months earlier, she requested $11 million from the metropolis council to rent 170 new police officers.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this text.