7-year-old girl shot on BW Parkway, airlifted to hospital

A 7-year-old girl was shot and evacuated by helicopter on the northbound Baltimore-Washington Parkway near the Capital Beltway just after 1 p.m. Monday.

U.S. Park Police are searching for 20-year-old Alec Gary Wilbur in connection with the afternoon shooting.

Police said Wilbur should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on his current whereabouts should call 911, or the anonymous tip line at 202-379-4877.

WTOP news partner NBC Washington reported the girl’s condition is unknown.

Greenbelt Mayor Colin Byrd told WTOP the incident started as an act of road rage and then “turned into a shooting on the parkway.”

U.S. Park Police officers found the girl with a gunshot wound on her leg when they arrived following a report on the parkway shooting, according to the agency.

On Monday, the shooting investigation closed a 2-mile segment of the roadway and backed up traffic in both directions for nearly four hours.

NBC Washington’s helicopter was on the scene and provided the following aerial images via Twitter.

Initially, U.S. Park Police said they were looking for a black Honda with two people that left the scene.

WTOP’s Ken Duffy and Luke Lukert, and The Associated Press, contributed to this report. 

Dan Friedell

Dan Friedell is a digital writer for WTOP. He came to the D.C. area in 2007 to work as digital editor for USATODAY.com, and since then has worked for a number of local and national news organizations.

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