A six-year-old girl died and eight others were injured in a shooting in Washington DC on Friday night, according to Metropolitan Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict.
The Police arrived in the area after hearing gunshots, but no arrests have been made. Benedict asked for public assistance in identifying the suspects while they continue to investigate.
Six people were shot shortly after 11 p.m. Friday. Five adults were injured and a 6-year-old child was killed, Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict said.
Executive Assistant Chief Ashan M. Benedict said police heard shots of gunfire at 2900 Block of Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, Southeast, and rushed to the scene to find six victims injured: three male adults, two female adults and one child.
“Our thoughts and prayers and condolences go out to the family of that victim and all the victims of tonight’s shooting,” Benedict said.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser urged anyone with information about the shooting to contact law enforcement.
“A shooting took the life of a 6-year-old. Our hearts break for her family,” Bowser wrote on Twitter. “We must also bring those responsible to justice.”
There have been 361 mass shootings in the U.S. this year, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, which tracks gun incident trends. The archive defines a mass shooting as four or more people shot or killed, not including the shooter.