WASHINGTON - Police have released surveillance video of the gunmen opening fire on a crowd of about 10 to 15 people in Northeast D.C. that left a 10-year-old girl dead and four others injured Monday night.
The video shows what police describe as a black 4-door Infiniti sedan, with its rear bumper missing, pulling up into a courtyard in the 300 block of 53rd Street at around 8 p.m. Four masked suspects get out of the car and begin firing several shots in a span of about 10 seconds before getting back into the vehicle and driving away from the scene.
The footage was captured on a D.C. police surveillance camera located in the area.
A law enforcement source said the 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson was shot in the chest. Officers began CPR before she was rushed to Children's National Medical Center where the rising fifth-grade student was pronounced dead.
"She was extremely affectionate, she was very vibrant, excited,” said teacher LeAngelo Emperator. “I know we were trying to recruit her for our girls’ basketball team for fifth grade, so she was looking forward to that happening next year.”
Four adults were also wounded in the attack. One was flown to a shock trauma center in Baltimore where he is reported to be in critical condition.
According to two law enforcement sources, as many as 50 to 70 shots were fired during the shooting. The video shows three of the suspects appearing to wear all-black clothing while the fourth suspect had on a white hoodie.
"It sounded like a western movie, World War III or something,” said one resident. “It was bad and the next thing you know, everybody just started running and crying.”
Homicide and crime scene investigators spent Tuesday morning working the scene. Just before noon, they released a flyer offering a $25,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest of the suspects.
"Cowards showed up on our streets in D.C. and used illegal firearms to murder a young, precious little girl," said D.C. Police Assistant Chief Chanel Dickerson.
"They probably don't even know who they killed until they saw the news,” said D.C. Councilmember Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7). “I really can only speculate of course, but I think it was probably some retaliatory behavior that was going on.”
D.C. police also released additional video of the black Infiniti the suspects were riding in.
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting or the suspects to call them at 202-727-9099.