A mass shooting over the weekend in Washington D.C. left a six-year-old girl dead as well as her mother and several others wounded.
According to CNN, the girl was shot and killed and five adults were also injured in the drive-by shooting that took place after 11 p.m. Friday in the southeast part of the district outside a liquor and convenience store.
A video released by police officials shows a silver or gray car driving through the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and Malcolm X Avenue SE. Several gunshots can be seen being fired from the vehicle.
The car was set on fire after the incident.
Today our city is heartbroken. A child’s life was taken, and there is no way to make sense of the callousness or cruelty.
We will never accept gun violence as normal, & we must never allow people to get away with murdering our children. If you have information, please share it. pic.twitter.com/ZHGmWGVVBo
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) July 17, 2021
NBC Washington reported the slain child as Nyiah Courtney; two women and three men were shot. Nyiah was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead. The two women and three men were all treated for their gunshot wounds and are expected to recover. Their identities were hidden because they are considered witnesses in the case, D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee said.
“We’re asking…that everyone post that video far and wide,” Contee said. “That car should not be able to be in the DMV area anywhere and not be noticed. Someone in the community has seen that car operating, yesterday, perhaps today, and I’m asking justice for Nyiah. Let’s find that car and let’s find the individuals responsible.”
Last night, 6 year-old Nyiah Courtney tragically lost her life to senseless gun violence.
We seek our community’s help to bring justice and closure to Nyiah’s family.
If you have any information about the vehicle pictured below, please call (202) 727-9099 or text 50411 pic.twitter.com/9vHMEPP1lV
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) July 18, 2021