NBC

Stray Bullet Hits 13-Year-Old Girl in Her Southeast DC Home

"My baby was on the ground with a bullet hole in her," the child's mother said

A 13-year-old girl is hurt after a stray bullet flew into her home in Southeast D.C. late Friday.

The girl was shot in the 3100 block of 15th Place SE at about 11:20 p.m. Her mother told News4 she awoke to gunfire and screams.

"My whole family just surrounded her, and they were screaming her name," she said. She asked News4 not to reveal her name or show her face.

"My baby was on the ground with a bullet hole in her," the mother said.

The child was rushed to hospital. She has injuries to her back and can't move her legs, her mother said. It wasn't clear if she would have lasting injuries. Police previously said she was expected to recover.

The mother of the victim said her daughter recently turned 13, is active in sports and is an honor roll student. The family is grappling with how she became a victim.

"She in her own house, and she can't even walk around freely and play around with the family without getting shot in her own house," the mother said.

Police said they were seeking three people who ran from the scene. Residents found bullet holes in multiple locations on the block. 

Another D.C. resident was hit by a stray bullet in Northeast D.C. about 24 hours earlier. Maira Rodriguez, 22, was sitting at the kitchen table with her family when she was grazed.

Those incidents were followed by a rash of shootings across the city. 

Three people were shot at about 1 a.m. in the 1400 block of Downing Street NE. They were hospitalized in stable condition. Police are looking for a white SUV in connection with the shooting.

At about 1:30 a.m., a man was shot in the 1600 block of 17th Place SE, police said. No details about his condition were released.

A bullet cracked through a window of a building housing young men transitioning out of incarceration.

No injuries were reported, but residents said the violence should not be tolerated.

"It is imperative that returning citizens like myself are removed from dangerous environments," one resident said. "To be fully productive and  rehabilitated, returning inmates need safer communities to live in."

Contact Us