Ex-DC government employee arrested for posessing ghost gun, shooting at woman in Southeast

A former D.C. government employee is facing several charges after assaulting and shooting at a woman in Southeast who she used to work with. 

Police say the incident occurred around 9 a.m. on Tuesday in the 900 block of Sycamore Drive, Southeast.

According to court documents, the suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Ni’jhae Curry, used to work with the Department of Employment Services but was fired on Sept. 30. The victim told police that Curry got her fired by being a whistleblower and said that Curry herself was later let go due to COVID-related financial issues. 

The two saw each other on Sycamore Drive and got into an argument that led to a physical fight. After the fight, the victim went to her apartment and called 911 but while she was outside, Curry pulled out a gun and fired a shot at her. The victim was not hit and Curry fled the scene. 

Curry was taken into custody after she drove back by the scene of the assault and the victim pointed her out to police. A K-9 officer was brought in to help with a search of the car and alerted that there were firearms present. 

Police found an AR-15 style pistol, which was later determined to be a ghost gun, and another black pistol in the trunk of the car. 

Curry admitted to police that she fired the shot, the charging documents state, but claimed it was a "warning shot" to scare the victim, not a shot meant to hit her.

She has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (gun), carrying a pistol without a license, endangerment with a firearm, carrying a rifle without a license, two counts of possession of an unregistered firearm, two counts of possession of unregistered ammunition, simple assault and National Firearms Act.

The DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) confirmed to FOX 5 that Curry had worked for them but said her employment was terminated on Sept. 30, 2023.

They did not offer comment on the reason Curry's employment ended. 


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