Stuart Emerman, the assistant chief of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, told reporters there is no description of a suspect at this time.
“All three individuals have been taken to area hospitals where they are receiving treatment,” Emerman said.
A man and a woman are in stable but critical condition, said Emerman, who updated an earlier report from a police source saying two men had been shot. A girl is also being treated for a minor gunshot wound.
The shooting took place on 2900 block of Van Ness Street Northwest, MPD said.
Emerman said a school near the shooting is still closed and students are inside. The police are with them and will take the students to a relocation center to be reunited with their parents when they are able.
Samuel Nicolido, a college student who lives near the shooting scene, told DailyExpertNews he heard about 20 shots.
“It was like five shots and then stopped for a minute, then four more, five more and then another,” Nicolido said. “I saw cops with shields everywhere and they said — they told us to stay home. Don’t go away. So yeah, it was scary.”
This story has been updated with additional details.
Joe Johns, Shawna Mizelle and Kaitlan Collins of DailyExpertNews contributed to this report.