Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for a piece of information that would help arrest the suspect or suspects in the killing of an 11-year-old boy in the nation’s capital.
The teen named Davon McNeal was shot and killed on the 1400 block of Cedar St. Southeast DC on the night of the Fourth of July.
Speaking to FOX 5 DC, the family of McNeal said that he was out to get a few items for a cell phone during a holiday cookout.
Five men opened fire before a dark-color sedan fled the scene, according to DC Police Chief Peter Newsham. The boy was reportedly shot in the head and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
“I can’t imagine what it would be like to hold your 11-year-old son in your arms as he’s losing his life,” Newsham said.
During a press conference on Monday, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser commented on the death of McNeal, saying “This is just an unimaginable tragedy for any family to go through. And I know that Davon and his family in this moment of grief want to make sure that another family doesn’t suffer this tragic loss.”
Bowser called on residents to reach out to DC police if they know anything about the shooting. Anyone who has information on the incident is encouraged to call MPD at 202-727-9099 or use the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE by anonymously texting 50411.