Shooting of 7-year-old girl frustrates D.C. neighbors

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Metropolitan Police Department has made an arrest in a shooting Friday that injured a seven-year-old girl.

Michael Wiggins, 27, of Southwest DC, was charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

“I really want to thank the community for coming forward in this case,” said MPD Assistant Chief Peter Newsham. “We got a number of tips from people phoning in."

Police responded to a shooting on the 2900 block of Knox Place Southeast at approximately 9:39 pm on Friday, April 8, 2016. Newsham said the seven-year-old girl was walking home from dinner with her parents and younger brother, when they were caught in the crossfire of a neighborhood dispute.

The family ran back to an apartment to find help, neighbors said.

"The actions taken by the family to save her life are remarkable and pretty heroic,” Newsham added.

"I heard a man’s voice saying, ‘Stay with me, stay with me,'" Evette Barnett said.

Barnett lives in the apartment building the family ran to and opened the door for them.

"I peeped out the peep hole and saw a father cradling his child," she said.

Barnett said she got a towel to help stop the girl’s bleeding and called 911. She then focused on calming down the girl’s brother.

“He was crying. He was hysterical that his sister was shot," she said.

On Monday, during a safety walk, residents of the neighborhood told Mayor Muriel Bowser their children didn’t even feel safe waiting at the bus stop and asked for more street lights, among other requests, to reduce the prevalence of gun violence.

“In that neighborhood, shots are just regular. You hear shots. You see people in the daytime, running, shooting with guns. It’s day or night. Anytime,” Arline Mobley, who lives on the block where the shooting happened and was home at the time, said.

“Something needs to give. It’s sad. The children can’t even play outside. Even with being in the house, they hear gunshots. They can’t even watch cartoons or TV. It’s just sad,” added Barnett.