A 3-year-old Northwest Washington girl was fatally wounded Sunday when she was struck by a bullet fired into a Landover townhouse, Prince George’s County police said.
Police say shots were fired at the home in the 6900 block of Forest Terrace about 1:45 p.m. One hit the child, identified by authorities as Knijah Amore Bibb, in an upstairs room. She died at a hospital.
Authorities initially said the toddler was 2 years old but later said she was 3.
Police said late Sunday they obtained a warrant charging Davon Antwan Wallace, 25, of Landover, in the shooting. Wallace is an acquaintance of someone who lives inside the home, authorities said.
William Alexander, a police spokesman, said a dispute between two men outside the townhouse became physical, and one went to his car to get a gun, witnesses told police.
He reportedly fired shots into the home, where police believe he thought the other man was at the time. There were other people inside, but no one except the toddler was shot, Alexander said.
Police believe the shooter fled on foot. Alexander said he assumes the suspect still has the gun.
Deleon Pierre — who lives on Virginia Avenue, adjacent to the crime scene — returned from church to find a swarm of police cars and yellow crime-scene tape. Carrying his 3-year-old daughter and a shopping bag, Pierre said he is praying for the toddler’s family.
“If she even gets a scratch on her, I get real irritated,” he said of his daughter. “I can only imagine what the family is going through.”
Residents said the neighborhood is usually peaceful.
Wendell Fuller said he heard the shots Sunday but thought kids were shooting in the air or at squirrels. He is relatively new to the neighborhood — he moved there in April — and said he sees a lot of adolescents and young adults walking around with nothing to do. Fuller is concerned about the example it sets for his children.
“When our lease is up, we’re going to find a safe place,” he said.
He said he hopes witnesses will cooperate with the police and help protect the neighborhood.
“If somebody shot a 2-year-old and you don’t want to talk to police, that’s stupid,” Fuller said.
Authorities ask that anyone with information about Wallace’s whereabouts call 301-772-4925 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Police said a reward of up to $25,000 is being offered.
Victoria St. Martin contributed to this story.