A 15-year-old boy was critically injured in Southeast D.C. early Tuesday when he was shot just seconds after stepping off a bus near his home.
The juvenile was shot after midnight Tuesday near the intersection of 28th Street and Naylor Road SE, police said.
Sources told News4 the boy stepped off the bus and was followed by a man who asked him for something. When the teen said he didn't have it, the man pulled out a gun and fired two shots in the teen's back, leaving him sprawled on the grass.
He was taken to an area hospital in critical condition early Tuesday and was in grave condition Tuesday evening.
No arrests have been made but police are seeking three persons of interest in connection to the shooting. Video distributed by the Metropolitan Police Department late Tuesday shows three men riding a bus.
"For this family, for this little boy, go watch that video and see if you can help us," D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Wednesday at a news conference she called regarding the shooting.
"Everybody should be outraged and everyone should be trying to get justice for this family," she said, visibly frustrated.
Longtime resident Sharon Wise said she heard the shots on Tuesday and then saw the teen in the grass.
"I just started praying," she said as she placed a plant at the scene of the crime later Tuesday.
The teen was shot just blocks from where reporter Charnice Milton, 27, was gunned down late last month. That case remains unsolved.
Gun violence is all too common along Naylor Road, Wise said.
"In this neighborhood, we hear shots all the time," she said. "It's not the last time it's going to happen. Y'all will probably be here tomorrow or the next day."
Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this assault which was committed in the District of Columbia.
A previous version is this story said the victim was 16.