A manhunt is underway for four men who opened fire Monday on a Northeast D.C. neighborhood, killing a 10-year-old girl described by teachers as bright and bold.
Police released surveillance video showing the group driving onto the scene and quickly exiting a black sedan. About 8 p.m., they began to fire into a group of people gathered outside to enjoy a hot summer evening.
Four adults and a girl, Makiyah Wilson, were struck, police say. Wilson had been outside playing, just steps from her front door on the 300 block of 53rd Street NE.
Police say more than 60 shots were fired before the four men escaped in the Infiniti sedan. The car is missing its rear bumper, according to police.
A family member cradled Wilson as first-responders worked to save her, but she died. Wilson's mother was at work during the shooting; her older sister was with her.
The four shooters have not been found.
Some of Wilson's teachers from the D.C. Scholars Charter School visited the crime scene and brought flowers on Tuesday. They said Wilson, a 5th-grader, was a star student.
"She made her presence known. She was not shy at all," one teacher said. "It's terrible to see someone that bright be extinguished."
A $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the killers.
"Cowards showed up on our streets in D.C. and used illegal firearms to murder a young, precious little girl," Assistant Police Chief Chanel Dickerson.
"We're gonna do everything in our power to find these guys," Dickerson said.
Mayor Muriel Bowser left the Home Run Derby festivities at Nationals Park shortly after the shooting and went to the scene. She pleaded with the public to share any information with police.
It's unclear who the shooters were targeting.
"They probably don't know who they killed," D.C. Council member Vincent Gray "You have to wonder how these people felt when they found out they shot and killed a 10-year-old girl."
Police are asking anyone with information to call 202-727-9099. Those wishing to remain anonymous may text a message to 50411.