6-Year-Old Girl Is Killed in Washington Shooting

Five adults were also wounded in the shooting late Friday night, the Metropolitan Police Department said.


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A 6-year-old was killed and five adults were wounded in a shooting in Washington on Friday night, according to the police.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department responded at 11:11 p.m. to a report of multiple shooting victims near a downtown intersection, a spokesman for the department, Dustin Sternbeck, said in an email early Saturday.

Ashan M. Benedict, the department’s executive assistant chief of police, later told reporters near the scene of the shooting that a 6-year-old girl had been fatally shot and that three men and two women had been wounded.

“Any shooting that takes place in the city is unacceptable, and again, we’re responding to too many calls of children being affected by gunfire,” he said.

The police said on Twitter that they were searching for a dark-colored vehicle in connection with the shooting. No other details were immediately available.

The shooting took place on the other side of the Anacostia River from the United States Capitol building, and a few blocks away from the headquarters of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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