May 16, 2013
THE DISTRICT
1 man killed, 3 others injured in shootings

Four people were shot, one fatally, in the District on Wednesday and Thursday, D.C. police said.

Two of the shootings took place in Southeast Washington, near where a 3-year-old girl was struck by a stray bullet last week.

In one incident, two men were shot about 2:30 a.m. Thursday in the 2400 block of Elvans Road SE, near the Forest Ridge apartment complex just off Suitland Parkway. Officer Anthony Clay, a D.C. police spokesman, said the two men were confronted by up to three men as they walked along the street. The victims told police that one man opened fire without provocation, striking one victim in the arm and back and the other in a leg.

About 3:30 p.m. Thursday, police found a critically injured man in the 1200 block of Talbert Street SE. He later died, police said.

About 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, a man walking in the 800 block of Buchanan Street NW in Petworth was shot by a man wearing a black ski mask, Clay said.

— Peter Hermann
and Clarence Williams

MARYLAND
Police say man killed estranged wife, self

A man and his estranged wife died in an apparent murder-suicide in Prince George’s County on Wednesday night, officials said.

Jason Taffe, 47, of Silver Spring apparently shot Denise Taffe, 41, at her Clinton home before shooting himself, police said.

Officers responded to the scene, in the 7700 block of Pinewood Drive, about 10:20 p.m. and found the bodies in the yard.

— Maggie Fazeli Fard

Four charged in Brandywine slaying

Four young adults were charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the beating death of a man inside his Brandywine home Sunday, Prince George’s County police said.

Officials said three men and a woman, all District residents, were involved in a robbery and the subsequent slaying of Alphonso Drew, 55, at his house in the 12900 block of Old Indian Head Road.

County officers found Drew dead with blunt-force injuries after they were called Sunday afternoon to check on him. Police arrested Moshawn T. Magruder, 20, of the 5300 block of Clay Terrace NE; twins Erica S. and Eric D. Johnson, both 20 and of the 4500 block of Dix Street NE; and Antonio G. Johnson, 19, of the 3100 block of 15th Place SE.

— Clarence Williams

VIRGINIA
Fatal Falls Church fire is ruled accidental

A house fire that killed a mother and daughter has been ruled accidental, officials in Fairfax County said Thursday.

Investigators said they traced the blaze, which ripped through a home on Manor Road in Falls Church on Jan. 23, to a wall-mounted natural gas heater in the living room.

The fire claimed the lives of Laura Snyder-Gardner, 48, a math professor at Gallaudet University, and her daughter, Mary Ann, 16. According to the medical examiner, the cause of death was smoke inhalation.

— Maggie Fazeli Fard

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