Police respond to shooting near Columbia Heights playground

Running gun battle in Columbia Heights Park

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police responded to a shooting near a playground in Columbia Heights Tuesday afternoon, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

The following letter was sent home to the parents of children who attend summer camp at Columbia Heights Community Center:

Good afternoon DPR families,

I am writing to inform you of an unfortunate incident that occurred outside of Columbia Heights Community Center this morning.
First, all campers are accounted for and safe. However, it appears that there were gun shots fired on the street behind the playground and one of the persons involved ran through the playground area. Many of our camp participants were outside during this incident. MPD was notified immediately and the building and playground have been secured while MPD completes a sweep of the area.
DPR takes the safety of our participants very seriously and, while we do not have any other details at this time, we wanted to inform you of this incident as soon as possible. We will continue to offer camp for the remainder of the day, but feel free to pick up your child early if you choose.

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