Woman killed in Anacostia shooting ID’d, police seek vehicle of interest

WASHINGTON — D.C. police have identified the woman killed in an Anacostia drive-by shooting that left three others wounded and now they’re seeking to locate and identify a vehicle they believe is connected.

The violent episode unfolded shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday when the unknown suspects opened fire on a group of people from a vehicle in the 2000 block of 16th Street SE.

The suspects then fled the scene.

Three men and one woman were struck by gunfire. All were transported to local hospitals. The men had non-life threatening injuries.

Jasmine Lashai Light, 23, of Southwest, died of her wounds.

The vehicle of interest was captured on surveillance video seen below.

Police response to the shooting interrupted a news conference at a church a few blocks away with Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Peter Newsham, who asked for the community’s help identifying the shooter responsible for the death of 14-year-old Steven Slaughter on Sunday.

“What we have here is a brazen disregard for public safety — someone who came into this community with intent on doing harm with no regard for anybody who lives out here,” Newsham said at Wednesday’s news conference.

“Opening fire in the middle of the day on a street where people are just visiting a grocery store is unacceptable in our community.”

It’s troubling that Wednesday’s shooting happened so close to the shooting of Slaughter, Bowser said.

“Anytime that we have violence in our communities, we all need to respond with the full force of the government,” Bowser said.

WTOP’s Sarah Beth Hensley, Kristi King and Carlos Prieto contributed to this report.

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