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A 27-year-old local reporter who was fatally shot last night on Good Hope Road SE was not the intended victim, according to D.C.’s police chief.

Police found Charnice Milton, a reporter for Capital Community News, suffering from a gunshot wound Wednesday in the 2700 block of Good Hope Road SE. She later died at a local hospital, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

“Nothing is more frustrating for us than a case like this,” Chief Cathy Lanier said at a press conference Thursday. “Charnice is just a wonderful human being who was doing last night what she did every day. She combined her love of work with her love of community.”

According to Lanier, Milton was transferring buses on Good Hope Road when she was struck. The suspect, described as a black male in his teens with long dreads, was on a dirt bike or moped when he fired at another person. Milton “clearly should not have been the victim in this case,” Lanier said.

Both Lanier and Mayor Muriel Bowser asked the public to provide any tips that could lead to a suspect.

“I know there are people out there… who saw things they can share with us,” Lanier said, adding that people may provide information anonymously. “Help us get to the person who was so reckless as to take the life of this woman.”

“Charnice was a talented reporter with an engaging manner that endeared her to her sources,” CCN Managing Editor Andrew Lightman said in a post. “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, a graduate of Ball State and Syracuse universities, was returning home from covering an Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting in Eastern Market, according to Lightman. Anyone with information is asked to call (202) 727-9099.

File photo by Darrow Montgomery