A gunman has opened fire outside a restaurant in an upscale area of Washington DC, about a mile (1.5km) from the White House. Diners at outside tables ran for cover as more than 20 shots were fired. Witnesses said the gunman fled by car after shooting towards a Mexican restaurant in the Logan Circle area. Two people were shot, and local police believe one of them was the intended target of the attack.
While rates of most violent crimes have gone down, assaults with a gun are on the rise - not just in Washington DC but in many American cities. According to Washington DC crime statistics, the rate of assaults committed with a gun has risen each year since 2018. So far, 471 assaults with a gun have been reported in 2021. This time last year, there had been 434.
However, most of the gun violence in Washington is concentrated in poorer parts of the city, in the South East and North East districts. At a news conference, Police Chief Robert Contee said officers were able to respond to Thursday night's shooting "within five seconds" because they were already investigating another shooting in the area.