DC police believe 16-year-old shot in head was part of domestic dispute

WASHINGTON — D.C. police say they believe the teenager who was shot in the head near Gallaudet University Thursday was a victim of a domestic dispute.

Around 3 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to an apartment a block south of New York Avenue  in Northeast D.C. near Gallaudet University and found a 16-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the head.

She was transported to a hospital in what D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham called “very, very serious condition,” and on Friday was listed in critical condition.

Police are looking for this vehicle of interest in the case. (Courtesy DC police)

On Friday evening, police said they are searching for a vehicle of interest in the case. The vehicle is described as a 2017 white Kia Sorento SUV with a Maryland tag of 1DD2833.

The vehicle may have front-end damage, police said.

There have been no arrests or charges in the shooting, which was partially caught on cellphone video.

Police continue to investigate the shooting.

Anyone with information about the case or the vehicle can call police at 202-727-9099 or text the department’s tip line at 50411.

WTOP’s Megan Cloherty contributed to this report.

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Sarah Beth Hensley

Sarah Beth Hensley is the Digital News Director at WTOP. She has worked several different roles since she began with WTOP in 2013 and has contributed to award-winning stories and coverage on the website.

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