A 16-year-old girl was found unconscious and not breathing in Southeast D.C. Sunday, police said.
First responders were called to the 4400 block of 3rd Street SE around 6 p.m. for reports of a shooting, D.C. police said.
There they found the victim, but did not say what kind of injuries she was suffering.
"It's my understanding that some young people had a firearm," ANC Comissioner Absalom Jordan said at the scene. "They may have been examining it or what have you. They may have been playing with it, but it went off accidentally."
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People gathered at the scene could be seen crying and holding each other.
Jordan, who said he lost his own daughter on Sunday after she suffered a heart attack, expressed his condolences for the family of the teen. Her condition, however, has not been confirmed by authorities.
"My heart goes out to [her mother], because this is a terrible thing to bear," he said.
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Police also did not immediately release information about a potential suspect.
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