Two arrested in connection with SE shooting of 8-year-old girl

WASHINGTON – The Metropolitan Police Department announced just before noon Saturday that officers have arrested two people in connection with the shooting of an 8-year-old girl Friday afternoon.

Nineteen year-old Karie Brown and 21-year-old Demtrius Nathaniel Patten, both of Southeast D.C., were arrested and have been charged with assault with intent to kill.

Police say 8-year-old Makayla Darden remains in critical but stable condition.

Darden was outside on the 1200 block of Valley Avenue, near the D.C.-Maryland border in the Congress Heights neighborhood, when she was shot in the upper torso shortly after 3 p.m. Friday, police report.

A security guard reported seeing “a group flee the scene” after Darden was struck in the courtyard area. There were a number of children reportedly in the vicinity at the time of the gunshots.

Darden’s grandmother Beverly Darden says Makayla was walking from her mother’s apartment building to her aunt’s home in the same complex when it happened.

WTOP’s Thomas Warren contributed to this report.

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