D.C. police said yesterday that they are seeking a suspect in last weekend's shooting death of 15-year-old Myesha Lowe in Northeast Washington.
Police obtained an arrest warrant yesterday for a man, and detectives spent much of the day trying to locate him. Authorities declined to release the man's name or other information about him.
Authorities said they believe that at least one other man also was involved in the killing, but so far they have not obtained an arrest warrant for him or any other suspects, investigators said.
About 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Myesha was sitting in a car in the 1400 block of F Street NE with two adult women when gunmen fired at least 10 shots into the vehicle, police said.
Myesha died the next day at Howard University Hospital. The two women were not injured.
The gunmen had either approached the car on foot or fired as they drove past in another vehicle. Police have been seeking a black Ford Crown Victoria that was seen fleeing the shooting scene.
Police said they do not believe that Myesha was the assailants' target. Rather, investigators said, the gunmen were trying to kill one of the other occupants or a man who normally drove the car.
Known as a studious girl, Myesha had been participating in an enrichment program designed to help her get into college and was about to leave on a field trip to Niagara Falls.
Francine Lowe, Myesha's mother, said yesterday that she was relieved that police had an arrest warrant.
"If they have a suspect, he is going to be arrested and he's not coming back out," Lowe said.
She said Myesha's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1510 Ninth St. NW.