DC police are looking for a person interested in shooting a high schooler at the hotel

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Washington, DC police released surveillance photos of a person of interest on Tuesday after an 18-year-old was found dead in a hotel room over the weekend.

The Metropolitan Police Department has asked for help identifying and locating a man in connection with the death of Akira Wilson, a southeast DC high school student. Wilson was shot Saturday night in a room at the Hilton Garden Inn on the 1200 block of First Street, Northeast.

In photos released by Subway Police, a black man wearing a gray hoodie, black jacket, black sweatpants and gray and white shoes can be seen walking through a door, phone in hand.

It is not clear if the photos are from before or after Wilson’s death.

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The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC released photos of someone interested in the death of 18-year-old Akira Wilson.
(Metropolitan Police Department)

In the first press release, Metro Police said Fifth Precinct officers responded to the hotel after a gunshot was heard in one of the rooms around 9:50 p.m. Saturday. At the scene, first responders found Wilson in a room with an apparent gunshot wound.

DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the room and reportedly found “no signs compatible with life.”

Wilson’s body was then transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s office.

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Akira Wilson, 18, was shot dead in a Washington, DC hotel room on November 19, 2022.
(Gun Violence Memorial)

According to Fox 5 DC, Wilson was a senior at Jackson-Reed High School and was involved in a dual enrollment program at Trinity Washington University. She was described as a hard worker who planned to attend college after graduation.

Her family reportedly told the outlet she may have been at a party with friends at the hotel when the shooting happened. Other news outlets reported that Wilson worked at another Hilton hotel in the area.

A vigil was held for Wilson on Tuesday afternoon at Fort Reno Park across the street from the high school.

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A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Tips can be called at 202-727-9099 or texted anonymously to MPD’s Tips Hotline at 50411.

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