DC police identify 6-year-old killed by gun violence, release video of suspect vehicle

A young girl is dead, and five adults were sent to hospitals after a shooting in Southeast D.C. Friday night.

The incident happened just after 11 p.m. at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X avenues in Congress Heights.

D.C. police Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict said officers in the area heard gunfire, and as they arrived at the scene, a group of people directed them to those who were shot.

In total, six people were shot, including 6-year-old Nyiah Courtney, who was taken to a hospital, where she would be pronounced dead. Three men and two women were also taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

No arrests have been made. Police said in a tweet that they are looking for a “dark in color” vehicle.

On Saturday, D.C. police tweeted video of the suspect vehicle in question.

“Any shooting that takes place in the city is unacceptable,” Benedict said. “We’re responding to too many calls of children being affected by gunfire so please, help us bring these shooters to justice.”

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call 202-727-9099 or text 50411. A $60,000 reward is being offered for information relating to the case.

Below is a map of where the shooting took place.

WTOP’s Zeke Hartner contributed to this report.

Luke Garrett

Luke Garrett is a D.C. native dedicated to journalism. He is a reporter and the creator, host and producer of the original WTOP podcast, “DMV Download.” The podcast debuted in 2022. On the show, Garrett takes a weekly look at the biggest stories and ideas in the D.C. region.

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