From NBC Washington:
A suspect has been charged in the shooting death of 6-year-old Nyiah Courtney, D.C.’s police chief announced Wednesday.
Marktwan Hargraves, 22, of Waldorf, Maryland, is accused of killing the child in a drive-by shooting on July 16, Chief Robert Contee announced.
“We’ve got our man,” he said.
Hargraves was charged with first-degree murder while armed in the “senseless act of violence,” Contee said.
Detectives believe the family was targeted because of Hargraves’ alleged connection to drug dealing.
Two days before Courtney was shot and killed, her father, Nico Griffin, was indicted by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking charges. But a warrant for his arrest wasn’t issued right away.
Griffin was walking with his daughter and several others when a car drove up and opened fire.
Griffin and 12 other people were indicted after a long-running local and federal drug investigation in the D.C. area. Those 13 people are partially liable for Courtney’s death, the chief said.