A community in Washington D.C. is mourning this week after a teenage boy with a bright future was gunned down in a parking lot just a few blocks from his school in the southeast area of the city.
According to local station WTTG, Maurice Scott, a 15-year-old ninth-grader at Somerset Prep DC Public Charter School, was shot in the head Sunday outside of Holiday Liquors and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Washington Police Chief Peter Newsham says investigators believe a car pulled up to the scene, and a man with a rifle opened fire, fatally striking the teen and also injuring two women and a young girl — who are all expected to survive.
“Maurice’s smile lit up the school, you couldn’t help but smile back when you saw his dimples come through,” Somerset Principal Lauren Catalano said in an email to the Washington Post.
Scott was incredibly popular amongst fellow students and faculty alike, and described as a talented athlete, with a passion for video production and “the best sense of humor.”
Monday, Catalano sent a message to parents addressing the heartbreak the student body is grappling with in the wake of the shooting. She is also allowing Scott’s distraught classmates to be let out of class early on Tuesday in order to meet with grief counselors.
Surveillance video footage of the parking lot shows the Scott running to the entrance of the store and placing his hand on the door handle before falling to the ground, while glass explodes and shatters all around him.
The next day, City Councilman Trayon White Sr., posted a the minute-long Somerset Prep video that shows the young man answering questions about living in the nation’s capital.
“If you come visit, you should visit the White House,” her says with a big smile. At one point adding about himself, “I like to chill. I like to laugh. I like to joke around. Be coolin’.”
“We must lean on each other and wrap our arms around our precious children to keep them safe and loved,” Catalano wrote in her message to parents.
Police say an investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
A candlelight vigil in Scott’s honor is planned for June 8th.
Please Repost #ALLBEEFSONHOLD The devil is busy and we have to fight him head on because if not addressed it will be someone else child or loved one next. It is getting worse with the ignorance. Right after the 4 of them were shot we had someone killed on MLK Ave and another shot on Langston Lane. “18 Kids” shot in Ward 8 in the last 9 months and summer is approaching. Someone who is alive and well today won’t be in the next 48 hours. Let that sink in. Will join us on the Frontline, this Friday 6:30p MLK& Malcolm X Ave ! ?Stay strong, stay safe, stay loving For the Scott family, the Somerset Family and our SouthEast family “I like to chill, I like to laugh, I like to joke around. I be coolin..” Rest in Peace Maurice ???:@vz_visuals. #RIPMoe. #RIPMakiyah #ALLBEEFSONHOLD
Posted by Trayon White on Monday, May 27, 2019