Quentin Michals, second suspect, arrested in slaying of Makiyah Wilson
Police say they have arrested a second suspect early Monday morning for the murder of 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson.
Quentin Michals, 21, from Southeast, turned himself in to police at 5 a.m. Monday morning, police, and has been charged with First Degree Murder while Armed. The Department had issued a warrant for his arrest on Saturday, warning he was considered armed and dangerous and sightings should be reported to the police immediately.
Mr. Michals was the latest suspect in the shooting that occurred on July 16th at the Clay Terrace Apartments in Northeast which killed 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson.
Four armed men in masks stepped out of a black SUV at 8 p.m. that night and fired into a crowd of about 20 people. D.C. Police Assistant Chief Chanel Dickerson would later tell reporters, “they came out in this community without regard to human life and opened fire.”
Makiyah had just returned from the pool with her family when she stopped for an ice cream truck with her mother and a bullet from the four gunmen hit her in the chest, the Washington Post reported. Her mother, Donnetta Wilson, held her and screamed “Please don’t let my baby die” but the girl who had recently celebrated her 10th birthday later died in the hospital.
Residents told The Post Makiyah was holding a five dollar bill for her ice cream and was wearing a shirt that said “Princess.”
Four other adults were also injured by the bullets, suffering non-life-threatening wounds.
Mr. Michal’s Monday arrest for the shooting spree comes two days after D.C. police arrested their first suspect, Qujuan Thomas, a 20-year-old 20 from Southeast.
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham announced Mr. Thomas was charged with first-degree murder while armed during a weekend press conference.
Police continue to search for two more suspects they believe were involved in the shooting, according to FOX.
The shooting sparked outrage in the District as residents and activists worry about the growing number of homicides. As of Monday, there have been 103 homicides in 2018 so far a number approaching last year’s total of 116 deaths but below the decade high of 186 in 2008.
Over a thousand people attended Makiyah’s funeral on July 25th at the Holy Christian House of Praise, including D.C. Chief of Police Peter Newsham.
D.C. Police asked city residents for help unmasking the men who shot at the crowd for weeks, offering $25,000 for information. The FBI Washington Field Office later offered another $20,000 as the weeks passed.
Anyone with information about the remaining two suspects is encouraged to text “TIP LINE” to the anonymous police messaging number, 50411 or call the police tip line at 202-727-9099, or the Washington FBI Field Office tip line at 202) 278-2000.