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DC police, ATF respond to 'active threat' after shots fired, 3 shot

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At least three people were shot Friday in Washington D.C., prompting a heavy police response, authorities said.


The Metropolitan Police Department said it received reports of shots fired in the 4100 block of Connecticut Avenue NW. Social media users reported hearing heavy gunfire in the area. Fox News Digital obtained video from a nearby resident who captured sounds of the gunfire.


Authorities said the victims were two men and an underage girl. Their conditions were not disclosed. The MPD issued a shelter in place order in response to what it described as an "active threat" and said road closures in the area should be expected.


Mayor Muriel Bowser said residents in the Cleveland Park and Van Ness neighborhoods should remain inside. The University of DC Van Ness campus tweeted it had gone on lockdown.


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said on Twitter that it is also responding to the shooting to assist local authorities. Uniformed Secret Service personnel are also helping the MPD, it said.


Anthony Guglielmi, the chief of communications for the U.S. Secret Service, said the shooting had "no impact to Secret Service protectees."


The shooting occurred near several embassies in the Van Ness area, including embassies for China, Pakistan, Israel, Nigeria and Singapore.

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