Local digest: Police ID shooting victim; terror case sentencing; pedestrian killed; U-Md. fire

January 13
THE DISTRICT
Police identify man slain in Southeast

A person fatally shot Sunday afternoon near Fort Stanton Park in Southeast Washington has been identified as an 18-year-old man, according to authorities.

Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman, said DeAngelo Gatling of Southeast Washington was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after the shooting, which occurred about 2 p.m. in the 2300 block of 24th Street SE.

Police released no other details about the District’s second homicide of the year. Police said the gunman may have driven away in a white car with a black door.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Man sentenced in case involving terror group

A 26-year-old Laurel man was sentenced Monday in federal court in Baltimore to seven years in prison after he admitted traveling to Africa to try to join the terrorist group al-Shabab and trashing his home computer so federal investigators could not track him, authorities said.

Craig Baxam was arrested by Kenyan authorities in December 2011, and he told FBI agents of his haphazard plan to elude them and connect with al-Shabab because he wanted to live somewhere that rigorously adhered to sharia, or Islamic law, court papers say. He pleaded guilty to a charge of destroying records that might be used in a terrorism investigation and received the seven-year sentence as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors, authorities said.

Baxam was not convicted of the initial charge of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization, and his attorney, Linda Moreno, said he never advocated specific violence, nor did he procure weapons or attend terrorist training camps.

— Matt Zapotosky

Vehicle fatally strikes pedestrian, hits store

A man in his 40s was killed Monday after he was struck by a minivan while walking on a sidewalk along Route 1 in Hyattsville.

The incident occurred about 7:30 a.m. in the 4800 block of Rhode Island Avenue, said Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George’s Fire Department. The driver of the minivan apparently lost control of the vehicle and hit the man, then went through the plate-glass window of a store along Route 1.

Monday evening, WSSC, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties’ water utility, said in a news release that it knew of two pipe leaks in the 4800 block.

“At this time, we have not heard anything official” from the Prince George’s Police Department, it said. “We will cooperate fully in their investigation.”

The woman who was driving the minivan suffered minor injuries, according to Brady, and was “trapped for a short period of time” in the vehicle. Both she and the injured pedestrian were transported to hospitals. The man, whose name and exact age was not released, later died, according to Officer Nicole Hubbard, a spokeswoman with the Prince George’s County police.

The car appeared to have struck a neighboring bail bonds business as well. Inside the adjacent space, a white wall was split at least once from nearly the floor to ceiling.

Route 1, also known as Rhode Island Avenue, was closed for roughly an hour as investigators were on the scene of the accident.

— Dana Hedgpeth
and Patrick Svitek

U-Md. workers hurt in fire on roof of dorm

Authorities said two workers at the University of Maryland at College Park were hurt Monday by a flash fire after they had worked on a malfunctioning heating and air conditioning unit on the roof of a dorm.

One of the workers suffered injuries that were serious but not life-threatening and was taken to a trauma center, according to Prince George’s County spokesman Mark Brady. The worker’s injuries involved “serious trauma to the upper body,” Brady said.

The second person suffered “less serious injuries,” Brady said, and was taken to a hospital.

The incident was reported at 9 a.m. on social media outlets of the university police and Prince George’s County fire officials. Police evacuated the area and warned people to stay away. Oakland Hall, where the incident occurred, is home to about 700 students, according to the university’s Web site.

— Dana Hedgpeth

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