Man sought in Landover, Md. shooting death of 3-year-old girl who was unintended victim
Updated: August 11, 2014 - 07:56 pm
LANDOVER, Md. (WJLA) - Prince George’s County Police said a 3-year-old girl was shot and killed in Landover Sunday afternoon, but it appeared she was an unintended victim.
Detectives have identified the suspected shooter as Davon Antwan Wallace, 25, of East Kilmer Street in Landover.
Wallace, who is not in custody, has been charged with first-degree murder. An arrest warrant was issued for Wallace on Sunday.
Detectives indicated they believed the shooting stemmed from an argument and fistfight between Wallace and another man that took place outside the home at 6915 Forest Terrace about 1:30 p.m. - just blocks away from where Wallace lives on East Kilmer Street.
Police said Wallace returned a short time later to the fight scene with a handgun and fired several shots into the home, with at least one bullet hitting the girl who was inside on the second floor. He then fled the scene.
The girl was rushed to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries.
Police have identified the girl as 3-year-old Knijah Amore Bibb of Harvard Street in Northwest Washington. She did not live in the home where the shooting took place.
A check of a state database by ABC 7 News suggests that Wallace has a long criminal history with 19 cases, many of them drug-related, dating back to 2008.
Some residents said the neighborhood where the shooting occurred has become drug-infested and blamed drug dealers for cutting cables to city-installed security cameras along the street. But police did not indicate if the shooting - or the fight that preceded it - was tied to drugs.
"You never really know if someone is capable of doing something like this," Robert Boddie, who just moved into the area two weeks ago, said of the suspect. "I heard the shots, and then I heard no return shots. It was like, 'bop, bop, bop, bop.'"
Todd Kinard, who lives just a few doors down from the shooting scene, said he was about to send his kids outside to play when he heard the chaos.
"It's too close to home," he said. "[The bullets] could have went anywhere. The guy could have ran out of the house down here - that's just three or four doors down."
Police asked that anyone with information on Wallace's whereabouts call them at 301-772-4925 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. A reward of up to $25,000 was being offered for information leading to Wallace's capture.