A Washington DC employee has died after she was shot in a parking lot at the Planet Fitness gym by a man who later killed himself after fleeing.
Nikiesha Thomas, 33, was sitting in his car Thursday morning at 9.25am when suspect Antoine Oliver, 36, ran up to the parked vehicle and fired at least one shot through the car window in block 3200 of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington DC.
The Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement that Oliver fled the parking lot before driving a maroon SUV in Prince George’s County.
Officers were called to the armed car chase near Minnesota Avenue and East Capitol Street, northeast, at 12:49 p.m., but police said when officers stopped the stolen vehicle, Oliver took a firearm and shot himself inside the car.
Nikiesha Thomas died after being shot in the head in a parking lot at the Planet Fitness gym by a man who later killed himself after fleeing.
The suspect was taken to a local hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries, and detectives said Oliver’s firearms were recovered from inside the car that had been chopped down.
Thomas, who worked for the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Strong Start DC Early Intervention Program, was found by officers in her car suffering from a gunshot wound.
Doctors drove the victim to the local hospital for treatment, but police said she later died of her injuries.
‘A single man from a vehicle ran up to that vehicle, fired at least one shot into the vehicle and hit a woman,’ Police Chief John Haines told News4.
Nikiesha Thomas, 33, was sitting in his car Thursday morning at 9:25 a.m. when suspect Antoine Oliver, 36, ran up to the parked vehicle and fired at least one shot through the car window in block 3200 of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington DC.
Witnesses said they heard a loud bang and scream of tires. It is unclear if Thomas had gone to the Planet Fitness gym or was going there when she was shot.
A white sedan with a single bullet hole in the driver’s side window can be seen in the parking lot outside Planet Fitness.
The car had major damage to the front – but it is currently unclear how the damage occurred.
Detectives said the killing was domestic, and media reports suggest Oliver from Fort Washington, Maryland and Thomas in Olney, Maryland, had been in a relationship.