The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has released photographs of two suspects possibly involved in a shooting that injured a five-year-old boy in Southeast DC last week, asking residents’ assistance to locate them.
The incident took place in the 1300 block of Congress Street, Southeast last Friday around 4:20 pm.
A mother and her five-year-old were reportedly walking to a grocery store when the kid was shot by a stray bullet in his stomach. According to DC police, the bullet came from a failed robbery attempt in the neighborhood.
The boy was immediately taken to a nearby hospital. He is in stable condition.
MPD seeks the public's assistance in identifying and locating suspects in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) that occurred on 8/21/20 in the 1300 block of Congress Street SE.
Have info? Call (202) 727-9099/text 50411
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) August 22, 2020
The two suspects, whose photos were released, are of interest in the robbery attempt. DC police are urging the public to provide information on the men to help arrest them.
“We gotta do something about these guys who feel it’s ok to indiscriminately fire guns in our community,” DC Police Chief Peter Newsham said about the incident. “A mother and her five-year-old son ought to be able to walk to the grocery store without having to take her son to the hospital for a gunshot wound. I think we all agree on that.”