HBO star makes surprise cameo shortly after 7-year-old girl’s shooting

Actor and comedian T.J. Miller showed up at the crime scene shortly after a young girl was shot at a playground in Northwest Washington. (Photo courtesy Carlos Martinez/NBC4)

Actor and comedian T.J. Miller showed up at the crime scene shortly after a young girl was shot at a playground in Northwest Washington. (Photo courtesy Carlos Martinez/NBC4)

T.J. Miller, the shaggy-haired actor on HBO’s new hit “Silicon Valley,” appeared at a D.C. crime scene minutes after a 7-year-old girl was struck by a bullet Tuesday night.

Sharp-eyed photojournalist Carlos Martinez of NBC Washington recognized the up-and-coming comedian in front of yellow crime scene tape and videotaped the actor before Miller ducked away. Martinez posted a photo of Miller on Twitter and pointed out a red stain on the actor’s pants.

It’s unclear what Miller was doing in the Park View neighborhood, one of the rougher areas in that part of the District. He and his publicist could not be reached Wednesday.

According to his social media postings, Miller was in the Washington area this week, touring the national monuments and co-hosting a podcast “Cashing In With T.J. Miller.” In the HBO show, Miller plays an arrogant blowhard who smokes a lot of pot and ingests mushrooms.

Police said a gunman entered the playground in the the 600 block of Morton Street, NW, around 7:30 p.m., and began shooting, striking a 7-year-old girl and an adult male. Both victims were expected to survive with minor wounds.

On Tuesday, police announced a reward of $10,000 and released a description of the shooting suspect. He was described as a black male, with a silver handgun, mid 20s, about 5-foot-4, medium complexion, thin goatee, wearing a black skull cap, black cargo pants or black jeans, black Timberland boots and black sunglasses.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.