On Monday, a little girl in Northeast Washington, D.C., was shot and killed while on her way to get ice cream from a nearby ice cream truck. She used her last breath to calm her mother down, who held her while she died.
NBC Washington reports that 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson was steps away from her family’s home off of the 300 block of 53rd Street NE when four men got out of a sedan and opened fire, shooting off 60 rounds before returning to the car and fleeing. Three adults were shot, including Makiyah’s 18-year-old sister.
The adults survived but the injuries proved too critical for little Makiyah, who died shortly after being shot.
The little girl’s mother, Donetta Wilson, started to panic when she saw Makiyah on the ground, bleeding profusely. She grabbed Makiyah and held her in her arms. The little girl, apparently sensing that her mother’s panic, tried to soothe her before she took her last breath.
“I held my baby. The whole time she just kept saying, ‘Mommy, calm down. It’s burning.'”
Heartbreaking: 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson was outside playing near a group of 15 to 20 people, including children, in a NE courtyard when four men got out of the sedan and started shooting. https://t.co/rxKxz63g1h pic.twitter.com/39iWa49xGU
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) July 17, 2018
According to camera footage pulled by authorities, the suspects wore masks during the incident and opened fire at around 8 p.m., while numerous people were outside enjoying the summer evening weather and visiting with each other.
“At 8 o’clock at night, this is a full courtyard. It’s full of children, it’s full of families,” the mother’s cousin, Raven Hall said.
D.C. police found an Infiniti sedan on Monday in Oxford Hill. They said that it’s likely the car used during the shooting. Assistant Police Chief Chanel Dickerson said they are still looking for the “cowards” involved in the incident.
“Cowards showed up on our streets in D.C. and used illegal firearms to murder a young, precious little girl. We’re gonna do everything in our power to find these guys.”
Authorities are offering a $25,000 reward for leads to the arrest of the suspects. Anyone with any information is urged to call 202-727-9099. For anonymous tips, send a text message to 50411.
[Feature Photo: Makiyah Wilson/Handout]