Local digest: Arrest in Taco Bell shooting; Arlington apartment fire; Wal-mart evacuated

January 5
THE DISTRICT
Man dies in car crash
near Kennedy Center

A 25-year-old Arlington man was killed Sunday near the Kennedy Center in a single-car crash, D.C. police said.

They said Joshua H. Beach was killed about 1:45 a.m. when his car struck a highway barrier and flipped over near a ramp to Interstate 66.

— Martin Weil

virginia
Suspect arrested in shooting at Taco Bell

A suspect was arrested early Sunday in the shooting of a man Dec. 28 in a Taco Bell parking lot in Falls Church.

Falls Church resident James Moore Jr., 32, was charged in the shooting of Carlos Gonzales, 23, of Arlington.

Susan Finarelli, a spokeswoman for the Falls Church police, said Moore was charged with aggravated malicious wounding, attempted robbery, using a gun during a felony and possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon.

Gonzales was shot in the parking lot of the Taco Bell on West Broad Street. Police said the two acquaintances met at the restaurant after hours and an argument ensued. Recovery is expected.

— T. Rees Shapiro

Several injured in fire at apartment building

Residents of a seven-story Arlington County apartment complex leapt from windows to escape the flames and smoke of a three-alarm blaze on South Greenbrier Street near Columbia Pike on Sunday morning.

County officials said firefighters arrived on the scene about 9:30 a.m. Sunday to douse the blaze that started in a second-floor apartment at 850 S. Greenbrier St.

Firefighters used ladders to rescue residents from the burning building, which was evacuated. Officials said that multiple victims were treated for injuries related to the fire.

One person was transported to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center with life-threatening injuries, Arlington fire officials said. A second person, who was already on oxygen, was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The second and third floors were heavily damaged by the fire, officials said, and the Red Cross was at the scene to help displaced residents find temporary housing.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, officials said.

— T. Rees Shapiro

maryland
Store evacuated after carbon monoxide leak

A carbon monoxide leak at a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Laurel led to the evacuation of about 250 shoppers and employees Sunday morning, according to Anne Arundel County fire officials.

While emergency personnel were treating an employee who had fallen, a carbon monoxide detector was set off.

The store reopened Sunday afternoon.

— Michael Alison Chandler

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