In a devastating case of gun violence, a 10-year-old girl in Washington, D.C., was fatally shot just steps away from her home, and she used her dying breath to tell her mother to “calm down.”
On Monday evening, Makiyah Wilson had come home after getting some ice cream when four men jumped out of an Infiniti sedan and began shooting in all directions.
Wilson, her 18-year-old sister, and four others were all shot. While the others survived, Wilson couldn’t hold on to make it to the hospital.
"When she actually passed and took her last breath she was laying right there in front of her doorway," Wilson's mother, Donnetta Wilson, told News4.
Donnetta (pictured above) said she was panicking while she watched her daughter take her final breath.
"I held my baby," Donetta Wilson said. "The whole time she just kept saying, 'Mommy, calm down. It's burning.'
Police say more than 60 shots were fired before the men got back in the car and sped off. On Wednesday, police located the car used in the shooting but they are still searching for the men involved.
Makiyah's loved ones and neighbors are reeling as police search for the suspects.
"Makiyah, she was special," Pandora Wilson said. "She loved football; she loved all kinds of sports."
Police have released some camera footage that shows the moment the masked gunmen pulled up to the courtyard and opened fire while families were outside.
The family pleaded for the suspects to come forward.
"God's gonna see that they get their justice," Wilson told News4. "They are gonna have to answer for it, whether it's down here or up there."
Makiyah had just celebrated her 10th birthday just days before the shooting.
(Photo: NBC News4)