In Washington, Two Shootings Leave a Community on Edge

In her quick life, Nyiah Courtney, 6, performed a lot of roles utilizing her creativeness. She was a physician, a trainer and a babysitter. She went on safaris and rescued animals. She as soon as washed her trainer’s hair in a play sink, minimize it and styled it.

On Friday, Nyiah was fatally shot in a late-night taking pictures in southeast Washington, D.C., that additionally left 5 adults, together with her mom, wounded. She had been using her scooter on a sidewalk when photographs rang out.

“It’s hard to imagine a world without her,” stated Dayna Hudson, who taught the lady in prekindergarten and kindergarten.

As of Friday, 102 individuals, together with Nyiah, had been the victims of murder in Washington so far in 2021, in accordance with information from the Metropolitan Police Department. The loss of life toll was 198 in all of 2020, when homicides elevated 19 p.c over 2019.

At a information convention on Saturday, Mayor Muriel Bowser addressed the most recent deadly taking pictures in Washington.

“We don’t let people get away with murder in our town,” Ms. Bowser stated. “We have to stand up against them.”

The gun violence on Friday evening passed off on a business stretch of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, in a neighborhood the place residents stated gunfire was frequent after darkish. It was adopted on Saturday evening by the taking pictures of three individuals exterior Nationals Park, about two miles away. The wounds on the ballpark weren’t life-threatening, however the panic set off by the distinct sound of gunshots, which rang out through the sixth inning of a recreation with the San Diego Padres, despatched greater than 30,000 followers contained in the stadium scrambling for canopy.

In a joint assertion on Sunday, Mayor Bowser and the Washington Nationals stated that the Metropolitan Police Department didn’t imagine the group, the ballpark or followers in attendance have been the goal of the taking pictures, and that the episode appeared to have concerned a dispute between individuals in two automobiles.

“We stand together against senseless acts of gun violence in the city we love,” the assertion stated. “Gun violence — no matter where it occurs in our city — is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

At the information convention on Saturday, Councilman Trayon White Sr., who represents the district the place Nyiah was shot, known as on residents to take motion.

“This ain’t nothing new for us,” Mr. White stated. “It’s been going on far too long, and it’s on us to save us. Nobody’s coming to save us but us.”

On Sunday, Nationals Park was enterprise as typical, as followers poured in for a recreation between the Nationals and the Padres. But the recollections of a chaotic evening have been nonetheless recent for the Nationals supervisor, Dave Martinez.

“I love this city. This city’s my home,” Martinez stated at a information convention earlier than the sport on Sunday. “It can get crazy; we all know that. And we all want to feel safe. I can tell you that inside this ballpark, I feel safer than ever, I really do. We care about each other. We don’t want anybody getting hurt.”

Across the Anacostia River, within the neighborhood the place Nyiah lived and died, the Courtney household, which was not out there for remark on Sunday, wrangled with the lack of Nyiah and her mom’s harm.

Ms. Hudson, her trainer, stated she would bear in mind Nyiah as a “kind, compassionate, funny, sassy” lady who was a “wild card” at college expertise exhibits, and fast with a joke.

“My heart hurts for her family and loved ones, and for her classmates that won’t get to see her when first grade starts this fall,” she stated. “Nyiah Courtney is and always will be a part of our school community.”