Capital Community News Reporter, 27 year-old Charnice Milton, Killed in Random Shooting in the 2700 block of Good Hope Road, SE

From Capital Community News:

“Last night, the District’s press corp lost one of its own. Capital Community News (CCN) reporter Charnice Milton was tragically gunned down in an apparently random shooting near Good Hope Road at 9:40 p.m.

Charnice Milton was born on June 19, 1987 to Franice Milton. She lived with her mother in Benning Heights in Ward 7. A graduate of Ball State, she earned a Master’s from Syracuse.”

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at approximately 9:41 pm.

Officers investigating the sound of gunshots in the area of Good Hope and Naylor Roads, Southeast, located an adult female suffering from an apparent gunshot wound in the 2700 block of Good Hope Road, Southeast. The decedent was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

The decedent has been identified as 27 year-old Charnice Milton of Southeast, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

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  • Not MPD, not Bowser, not the city council – what we need is for people to have a complete change of heart from violence and predation.

    • No, what we need to do is stop shrugging and writing off certain residents and neighborhoods as expendable. Maximun 3-5 comments on this story.

      • dcgator

        Good point. Mine is now comment 4, though.

      • “what we need to do is stop shrugging and writing off certain residents and neighborhoods as expendable” — This. Exactly this.

      • I think I just got what you meant by “Maximum 3-5 comments on this story.” Most of the time when there’s a story about a shooting outside of certain neighborhoods, there are no comments at all. Which is terrible, I agree.

        • Or shootings of people outside certain demographics.
          If this was a young white woman who was a reporter for a neighborhood paper in Upper NW, you can bet there would be more coverage/response.
          The Post’s website has an article on it, but its lead local article — with an unusually big-for-online headline — is on the guilty plea related to the Messerschmitt murder (the one where the guy was murdered in a hotel after seeking a sexual encounter with a man via Craigslist).

          • Agreed. I have yet to hear any more about the murder of Alejandra Coronado-Cardona on the 3800 Sherman Ave NW back in March. I can’t help but wonder how different the situation would have been if she had been white?

      • Totally agree! The complete disregard for the humanity of certain people and demographics preceded the entrenched poverty and disenfranchisement that breeds this kind of violence and was in a very real sense its own class of predation.

        So sorry to hear about this tragedy and the keeping those affected in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Ughhhh! So terrible. Also, the woman who was shot and killed Memorial day weekend was a 31-year-old mother. They think she was hit by a stray bullet too. People always say, oh what about when a stray bullet hits someone? People seem to think that will be the catalyst for change, but I’ve barely heard a word on that shooting!

  • binpetworth

    So sad. She seemed like a promising, smart young woman and reporter. My condolences to her family and friends.

  • So tragic. Condolences to her family and I hope they catch the cretin that did it.

  • Charnice was a sweet and kind young woman with a promising future. We are heart broken to learn of this. Our condolences to her family.

  • Oh no, this is so terrible. See, stray bullets and random shootings ARE happening, whether MPD/the city council/the mayor want to admit it.

  • Peace and healing to her family and friends. This is so very unfair.

  • Argh this is so sad. This is exactly the type of thing you try to tell yourself doesn’t happen, when you hear about increased violence and shootings in the city. So pointless 🙁

    • +1 to “This is exactly the type of thing you try to tell yourself doesn’t happen, when you hear about increased violence and shootings in the city.”

  • So this is the 2nd or 3rd shooting in the past few weeks committed by guy on dirt bikes. I wonder if MPD will reconsider their no chase/no pursuit policy of illegal dirt bike riders.

  • This is incredibly sad. My heart goes out to her friends and family.

  • This was right outside of an elementary school that has seen at least 3 shootings since late February. One happened around 4 pm right during dismissal. Something must be done and more attention must be given to this.

  • west_egg

    The Post is reporting that Milton was not the intended target. A 31-year-old mother, Tamara Gliss, was shot and killed in the 600 block of O Street NW on Monday while grilling out — she was also not the intended target. Awful.

  • Charnice was a beautiful, intelligent, and thoughtful person. She came to a book club I helped run and I got to know her through books and reading for the past year. I am so sadnened by this loss and by this act . If there is anywhere I can contribute on her behalf I would love to do so.

  • Thanks for the support and prayers. My niece was a beautiful soul. A wonderful wholesome spirit. She was the type of person that would cross the street in order not to step on an ant. She was loved and she showed love. She song her heart out in choir. Those people took a wonderful person that could have contributed so much to east of the river. My heart is broken. I now why people turn to alcohol during a tragedy. The grief is too much to bare. I go through the day with her face on my mind, I go to sleep with the comfort of her mother’s day voicemail to me. How could the people who did this sleep at night. I cant. I only can think of how afraid and alone she felt. I know she is not at the right hand of the Father, she is sitting on his lap. An angel taken back from us too soon. ((Tears))

  • I am so, so sorry for your loss.

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