A 6-year-old girl was killed and five adults were shot in Southeast Washington, D.C., after gunfire erupted outside a liquor store and convenience store.
Executive Assistant Police Chief Ashan Benedict said gunfire was heard about 11PM at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X Avenues Southeast and saw people rushing toward them.
The girl, two women and three men had been shot. The girl was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead. The adults are being treated for their wounds and are expected to recover.
Police believe the shooter fled in a car and are investigating whether there were multiple gunmen.
“There’s too much gun violence, still, perpetuated in this city and too many children are being harmed — innocent children — by gunfire.
Please help the police department and our detectives bring those people to justice and help bring some closure to the families.”
Benedict asked the public for help solving the shooting. Anyone with information can call 202-727-9099 or anonymously text 50411.
Before Friday’s shooting, 101 people had been killed this year in the District. By Saturday’s date last year, 102 people had been reported killed in D.C., according to police data.
(via NBC Washington)