DC leaders plead for help public help in solving teenager’s daylight slaying

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There are two things that Washington DC police and elected leaders did not expect at an affordable housing complex the day after Thanksgiving.

The first was for bullets to be flying, putting innocent people in the Capitol Heights neighborhood in SE at risk. The second was silence from the community following the death of Breyona McMillian, 16, in the 1200 block of I Street Friday around noon.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham led a public push for answers into the teenager’s slaying Sunday night.

“It is our belief that there were several people outside at the time of the shooting,” said Chief Newsham. “It appears at least one suspect fired multiple times, indiscriminately.”

Newsham said police are making progress in the investigation but have not identified a suspect or been able to release a description of the shooter. Investigators have not found any gang links connected to the shooting and have not been able to determine a motive for the shooting— only saying that it is likely that McMillian was not the intended victim.

Bowser and Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen implored the public to help police taking a killer off the streets.

“If you have tips or information please make sure you share that,” said Allen.

That tip line is (202) 727-9099. A successful tip that leads to a murder conviction can earn someone up to $25,000.

The update on McMillian’s death came on a day in which city police also investigated two separate homicides, one not far from Friday’s slaying.

Police said one man was killed and a woman injured in a shooting near 6th St. SE and L Street around 1 p.m. Sunday. Another man was shot and killed on Howard Road a few hours later in NW.

Police and elected leaders also asked the public for help in solving the two other shooting deaths as well.