A DC community mourns another senseless loss. Maurice Scott, a stellar student and phenomenal athlete was fatally shot during Memorial Day weekend. Councilmember, Trayon White, who was in the area during the shooting, said Scott’s death comes during a surge of gun violence in his district, Ward 8, which has experienced 18 children shot in the last nine months, reported WUSA9.
"It was a horrifying scene, clothes on the ground, people screaming," White told WUSA9.
The Holiday Market convenience store is just a few blocks from Somerset Prep School, where Scott attended as a ninth grader. As he approached the store, a gunman got out of the passenger side of a sedan and opened fire with what police described as a “long gun or rifle,” according to the Washington Post.
In surveillance video footage obtained by the Washington Post, Scott is seen sprinting towards the entrance before falling to the ground. Scott was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Two women and a girl were also wounded, but are expected to survive.
Somerset Principal, Lauren Catalano described Scott as a talented athlete and creative video production student with “the best sense of humor.”
In the minute-long video produced by Somerset Prep, Scott, an honor roll student and JV basketball player, speaks to the camera and lists his favorite things about D.C.
The teen says with a smile, “If you come visit, you should visit the White House.”
In the video, when Scott is asked to talk about himself, he said, “I like to chill. I like to laugh. I like to joke around. Be coolin’.”
Principal Catalano sent a letter to Somerset parents on Monday, saying the school is heartbroken and students would be let out of class early on Tuesday for a chance to meet with grief counselors.
A candlelight vigil is planned for June 8, according to Catalano.
The shooting remains under investigation. Police have not made any arrests in connection with the shooting and said they are searching for an older model, light-colored, four-door sedan.
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(Photo: WUSA9 via Somerset Prep)