Muriel Bowser

Woman, 23, Dies After Quadruple Shooting in Southeast DC

Jasmine Lashai Light was one of four people shot as the police chief and mayor spoke about gun violence just blocks away

A 23-year-old woman has died after a quadruple shooting in Southeast D.C. that occurred as the city's police chief and mayor spoke about gun violence and the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy.

Jasmine Lashai Light, of Southwest D.C., died after she was shot about 11:10 a.m. Wednesday on the 2000 block of 16th Street SE.

Three men also were shot and had non-life-threatening injuries.

Someone in a light-colored sedan opened fire on Light and the men, who were standing outside a corner store. Video shows the car that police believe the shooter or shooters used.

No information on a suspect or motive was released immediately.

Relatives said Light attended culinary school and wanted to be a chef.

"Jasmine was known by a lot of people. Nobody could say anything bad about Jasmine," Light's uncle Andre Light-El told News4.

Light-El said whoever shot Jasmine should turn themselves into police.

"You're going to get caught, whether it's the police or whether it's the street's going to catch you," he said.

Light and the three men were shot as Police Chief Peter Newsham and Mayor Muriel Bowser pleaded for help from the public in catching whoever killed 14-year-old Steven Slaughter, a ninth-grader, on Sunday. 

The mayor spoke over sirens, decrying the gun violence that had claimed the lives of three young men in 2018. 

"I am even more saddened by the fact that it was likely another young person at the other end of this gun," she said of Slaughter's death.  

A resident who heard the shots that killed Slaughter called for an end to neighborhood violence. 

"Fourteen years old? He hadn't even lived yet," Nandi Osaze said. 

Slaughter played on a Pop Warner football team and loved the sport. 

"He was a good kid. He'd go to school, come home, do what he had to do, go to football practice," his uncle said through sobs. "Everyone in the neighborhood loved him."

All four people killed in D.C. in 2018 thus far have been young people who were the victims of gun violence.

Paris Brown, 19, died after he was shot on the 2400 block of Skyland Place SE on Jan. 10.

Davon Fisher, 17, died after he was shot on the 400 block of Riggs Road NE on Jan. 12.

Newsham said the killers will be brought to justice. 

"We're not gonna tolerate it," he said. "We're going to get to the bottom of these things. Someone will be held accountable."

Anyone with information on the killings is asked to call police at 202-727-9099. To submit information anonymously, send a text message to 50411. Rewards of as much as $25,000 are offered.

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