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Police identify 17-year-old shot and killed in Southeast, DC

Across D.C., violent crime is up 10% compared to last year, and homicides have increased by 14%.

WASHINGTON — A teenager was killed in a shooting Friday afternoon in Southeast, D.C. 

DC Police officers responded to the 800 block of Yuma Street Southeast around 2:30 p.m. for a reported shooting. Once on scene, they found 17-year-old Dennis Simms suffering from gunshot wounds. Police said Simms was neither conscious nor breathing and was later pronounced dead. 

Police did not release a suspect lookout or motive, and no weapons were recovered from the scene. 

No suspect information has been released at this time.

Wright called for the community to "step up" with information so police can "bring closure" to the victim's family. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099. 

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Across the District, violent crime is up 10% compared to last year, and homicides -- which crossed the 100 deaths threshold earlier than any year since 2003-- have increased by 14%. 


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