WASHINGTON - A 6-year-old girl is now dealing with a gunshot wound one day after starting school. Instead of making friends and learning new things, she is waiting to learn when that bullet can be removed from her leg. The little girl's grandmother told FOX 5 for now that doctors want to wait.
A spray of shots rang out just before 9 p.m. Monday near 56th Street and Ayers Place in the Marshall Heights neighborhood. A 6-year-old girl was shot in the leg while her 11-year-old sister and mother were hurt by debris.
The family member of the victims said her two granddaughters and daughter-in-law were picking up her grandson from her house when someone pulled up in a dark-colored Lexus or Acura vehicle, pulled out a gun and began firing.
The triple shooting happened less than a mile from where 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson was shot and killed while in front of her Southeast D.C. home in July.
"It's absolutely horrific," said D.C. Councilmember Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7). "And the last thing we should have happen is for ourselves to become numb to the situation and to start to believe that it's just a way of life in the District of Columbia. So much of this is related to the illegal guns that are coming into the District of Columbia. When a 6-year-old is shot, when a 10-year-old is shot and killed … I was there the night that happened and saw the shell casings on the ground.
And now, this is a little girl that just started school the day before. Now she has to deal with a bullet in her leg. Who knows when it can come out? It's just absolutely and completely unacceptable that something like this would happen."
Communities in Wards 7 and 8 are especially vulnerable. So far this year, there have been 413 assaults in the District involving guns. Wards 7 and 8 top the list with a combined 226, more than all of the other wards put together.
Ward 1 - 28
Ward 2 - 20
Ward 3 - 2
Ward 4 - 41
Ward 5 - 68
Ward 6 - 28
Ward 7 - 111
Ward 8 - 115
Homicides are also up in D.C. by 36 percent this year so far. There have been 99 homicides as of Aug. 21. There were 73 in all of 2017.
No one has been arrested in the shooting death of Wilson. There have also been no arrests made in the shooting that hurt the 6-year-old girl Monday night.