A local Washington D.C. reporter died Wednesday night in an apparent random shooting as she was coming home from covering a local meeting.
MyFoxDC.com reports Charnice Milton, 27, was found in the southeast section of the District suffering from a gunshot wound around 9:40 p.m. Milton was rushed to the hospital where she died.
Milton, who received a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and a master’s degree from Syracuse University, worked for Capital Community News since 2012. She was described by the newspaper as a talented reporter with an “engaging manner that endeared her to her sources.”
Washington police said Milton was not the shooter’s intended target.
Milton’s family is asking for those responsible for their daughter’s death to turn themselves into police.
Ken McClendon, Milton’s father, said that some man used his daughter as a human shield.
“What we do know is that out of cowardice, a young man grabbed my daughter and put himself between the bullet and his life,” he said.
Although the family is suffering from the loss of their child, they have chosen to focus on what their daughter had accomplished in her life in spite of the obstacles she faced as a child. Milton suffered from Asperger’s, her family said.
“It was presumed because of her special condition, she would never excel and never achieve and great feat,” McClendon said. “Yet watching our daughter walk across the stage at Bishop McNamara High School with honors, then going to Ball State and graduating with honors, then graduating at Syracuse with honors, and then staying here in Southeast Washington D.C., when she could have gone anywhere.”
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked the public to provide any information in the shooting death of the reporter.
D.C. police have said they believe the shooter could have been on a dirt bike.