DC Police Hunting for Gunman Who Shot 7-Year-Old Girl Walking With Parents

D.C. police and Mayor Muriel Bowser will canvas Southeast D.C. Monday afternoon to gather leads on who shot a 7-year-old girl out walking Friday night with her family.

The child was hit by a stray bullet as she walked with her parents and brother after 9 p.m. Friday on the 2900 block of Knox Place SE, Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Chief Peter Newsham said.

"The only thing she was doing was walking on a Friday evening in her neighborhood with her family," Newsham said at a news conference Monday morning.

The child was shot in the stomach. Her father helped stem the bleeding, Newsham said.

"In all likelihood, he saved her life," he said. 

The girl, who police did not identify, was airlifted to a hospital. She was in critical condition Friday night and was upgraded to fair condition, Newsham said.

The shots were fired during a clash in the neighborhood.


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"You had a violent offender with an illegal firearm who was brazen enough to cause an injury to a little girl," Newsham said.

Police and Bowser will go door-to-door about 4 p.m. Monday to ask neighbors for tips, Newsham said.

"We feel pretty confident we're going to be able to get to the bottom of it," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 202-727-9099 or send a text message to 50411. A reward of as much as $10,000 is offered to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

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