D.C. Journalist Charnice Milton Gunned Down

A Washington, D.C., journalist was fatally shot when the intended victim of a bullet used the young woman, who was transferring buses, as a human shield, police and family members said.

Charnice Milton, 27, was in the “wrong place, wrong time” and was “certainly not the intended victim,” D.C. police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters at a somber scene in southeast D.C. She’d been covering a community meeting and texted her mother afterwards to say she was headed home. Ten minutes later, the innocent victim was gunned down in the street.

Milton had grown up in the neighborhood and dedicated herself to telling the stories of its residents, her grieving parents told reporters.

"She could have worked at any news media organization she wanted to," her father, Ken McClenton, told WJLA-TV. "She had the credentials, she had the expertise, she had the knowledge, but she sacrificed and she stayed and wrote in Ward 8."

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