WASHINGTON - Police have released the identity of a man they believe is connected to the day-after-Thanksgiving shooting death of a 16-year-old girl in the District.
Breyona McMillian was back home in Washington D.C. from a boarding school she attended in Iowa and was enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday when she was killed last Friday morning on I Street outside the Potomac Gardens housing complex. Police said McMillian was talking to friends when she was killed.
Investigators said 30-year-old Saeve Evans was seen on surveillance footage firing a weapon at the same time and place where McMillian was killed.
"I can tell you specifically that the video shows Saeve Evans in possession of a firearm and firing it and we do believe it was fired multiple times,” said Interim D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham. “That is the information that we have been able to confirm at this point.”
A police source tells FOX 5's Lindsay Watts that Evans turned himself in to police Tuesday night.
“A 16-year-old girl has been killed in broad daylight, and now we have identified a person who might be able to help us close this case,” said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
According to police, McMillian was an innocent bystander and not the intended target. But the motive of the shooting is still unclear.
Police said Evans is not charged with the teenager’s murder, but he may have important information that could help investigators close the case. Evans is wanted for unlawful possession of a firearm. However, detectives cannot confirm if the shots he fired killed McMillian.
Court records show in August 2014, Evans was accused of being one of two gunmen who opened fire on a group of people enjoying a cookout in Southwest D.C. Six people were shot and wounded in the incident. Evans spent nine months in jail before prosecutors dismissed the charge.
“Detectives are working hard to bring closure to Ms. McMillian’s family,” said Newsham. “We have identified a person of interest and are asking for the community’s assistance in locating this individual. If anyone has information please come forward.”
On Monday night, Newsham met with residents to discuss growing crime concerns in Southeast D.C.