A St. Augustine’s University freshman visiting her family for spring break was shot and killed while watching her friends film a music video in Washington D.C.
According to the Washington Post, Ayana J. McAllister had gone to visit her family this week in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, for the school’s spring break. She was reportedly in northeast Washington D.C. on Tuesday watching friends making a music video when shots were fired.
McAllister, 19, was killed and another young woman was reportedly grazed by the bullet.
Though some reports have said that Ayana was caught in crossfire, a police spokesperson told the Washington Post that he could not say for certain who the shooter or shooters were targeting.
“At this point we are not in a position to say whether she was the intended target or not,” Arlington police spokesperson Dustin Sternbeck told the newspaper.
The freshman was studying criminal justice at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her father had graduated from the school in 1988 and her sister is reportedly a student there.
Ayana’s aunt reportedly posted a message on Facebook about the tragic death, writing that the young woman’s family was “overwhelmed with grief.”
Authorities are investigating the shooting, and there are yet no suspects in custody.