3-year-old girl fatally shot in Southeast DC

A 3-year-old girl has died after being shot in Southeast D.C. on Friday night.

D.C. police received reports of the shooting in the area of the 2200-2400 block of Harford Street Southeast around 9 p.m.

According to police, the girl was in a vehicle at the time and was brought to a nearby fire house by a family member.

When officers arrived, she was unconscious and not breathing. She was then medevaced to a hospital, where she later died.

“We’re asking the community to step up,” Seventh District Commander LaShay Makal said at a news conference. “We really, really need your help. Anyone with any information, please reach out to us at 202-727-9099 or text us at 50411.”

Makal said police don’t currently have a lookout for a suspect and that the girl was not the intended target. She added that, after finding shell casings in the street, it “looked like an exchange of gunfire.”

“This is an absolute, absolute tragedy. And it’s unacceptable,” Makal said.

Below is a map of where the shooting took place:

WTOP’s Terik King and Will Vitka contributed to this report.

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Ciara Wells

Ciara Wells is the Evening Digital Editor at WTOP. She is a graduate of American University where she studied journalism and Spanish. Before joining WTOP, she was the opinion team editor at a student publication and a content specialist at an HBCU in Detroit.

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