Police: 16-Year-Old Girl Wasn't Intended Target of Fatal Shooting

The teenage girl shot and killed in Southeast D.C. the day after Thanksgiving is not believed to have been the intended target of at least one shooter, police say.

Breyona McMillian, 16, died after she was shot multiple times Friday morning on the 1200 block of I Street SE, near her mother's home in the Potomac Gardens housing complex.

Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a news conference Sunday that police do not believe the high school student was targeted.

"It appears at least one suspect fired multiple times indiscriminately," Newsham said.

McMillian grew up in D.C. and was home from out of town for Thanksgiving. She had been attending a boarding school in Iowa.

"Everbody loved her," McMillian's cousin Quashawn Wheeler said Friday about the teen known to loved ones as "Bre."

Police said Sunday that they are reviewing surveillance video but need information from the public. Mayor Muriel Bowser urged witnesses to contact police.


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"It is so important that we hear from you so that we can get a brutal killer off of our streets," she said.

As Bowser spoke, several people rode by in front of her on dirt bikes, which are illegal to ride on D.C. streets. Bowser stopped speaking because of the disruption, and police eventually blocked roads so the riders could not get through.

A vigil for McMillian was held Sunday. The late teen's devastated mother needed to be held up by loved ones as she walked.

Two other people were killed near the same area over the holiday weekend, on the 600 block of L Street SE. That shooting of a man and woman is not believed to be connected to the shooting that killed McMillian, police said.

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