DC officials held a press conference July 17 in relation to a shooting that killed a 6-year-old girl.
Shortly after 11 p.m. on July 16, police responded to the corner of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE. after reports of shots fired. Police saw a group of people run toward them and the group directed the police toward those who were shot.
A six-year-old juvenile, who has been identified as Nyiah Courtney, was found on the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE and pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital, according to Chief of Police Robert J. Contee at the press conference.
Five other victims, three men and two women, were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
“The cowards that committed this crime came into this community without any regard for human life,” Police Chief Contee said at the press conference.
No arrests have been made in connection to the shooting, but police have released a video and are asking the public to help identify the suspect(s).