DC Reporter Killed In Drive-By Shooting, Used As Human Shield

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A local reporter in the District of Columbia was murdered in a shooting Wednesday night while she waited for a bus.

The woman, Charnice Milton, 27, just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, WJLA reported. Milton was transferring buses at a station in Southeast D.C. when the intended target of the attack grabbed her and used her to take the bullet for him.

Milton was shot in the chest and later died in the hospital.

Police said the suspect in the shooting was a teenager with dreadlocks who was riding a dirt bike at the time, but no one has been arrested.

Milton worked as a community reporter for Capital Community News, where she reported on the activities of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions and other local public meetings. At the time of the shooting, she was returning from covering one of those meetings.

“Charnice was a talented reporter with an engaging manner that endeared her to her sources,” Andrew Lightman, managing editor of CNN, said in a statement. “She was a valued member of the CCN news team completing several assignments a month. This organization will miss her contributions as will the communities of Wards 6, 7 and 8.”

Milton’s murder was just one in a string of recent violent outbursts in the city, which began during Memorial Day weekend. Six people have been murdered in D.C. in the past six days.

Monday night in Northwest D.C., another woman, Tamara Gliss, 31, was shot dead by a man on a dirt bike before the man fled the scene. Police are still looking for the shooter.

Thursday morning, a man was shot dead while driving on Interstate 295, which borders the city. Pedro Alvarado was driving when a gunman in a car pulled up beside him and began firing repeatedly into his SUV.

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