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Police Look For Suspect After 7-Year-Old Girl Shot At D.C. Playground

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UPDATE: May 21, 2014 9:02 p.m.

WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — Police in the District are looking for the man who opened fire at a crowded playground in northwest Washington, striking a 7-year-old girl with a stray bullet.

“We’re reaching out to the public to see if they have anything to assist us. We want witnesses to come forward and tell us what they know, what they saw,” D.C. Police Commander George Kucik said at a news conference Wednesday.

The Metropolitan Police Department says the girl was shot in the leg at the Park Morton Apartment Complex playground on Georgia Avenue at about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday. Police say a man was also found shot several blocks away in a related incident.

Both their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

Witnesses told police that a man approached a man and woman and eventually opened fire at the crowded playground, Kucik said.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man responsible for the shooting. Police say they are still investigating a possible motive.

On Wednesday, police released a description for a person of interest in the shooting. He is described as a black male armed with a silver handgun, mid 20’s, around 5 feet 4 inches tall with a medium complexion, light goatee, wearing a black skull cap, black hooded sweatshirt, black cargo pants or black jeans, black timberland boots and black sunglasses.

Authorities are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

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