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THE DISTRICT
Security guard
shoots man in NE

An armed security guard shot and wounded a man Friday morning who he said was trying to grab his gun during a struggle at a Northeast Washington apartment complex, D.C. police said.

The shooting occurred about 9:30 a.m. in the 3700 block of Hayes Street NE, near Anacostia Park and north of Benning Road. Police said the wounded man was shot in the chest and was conscious and breathing when taken to a hospital.

The shooting is under investigation, and police did not detail what led to the confrontation at the Mayfair Mansions Apartments. Officials at the private complex referred questions to its management company. A representative did not return calls seeking comment.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Driver, 74, succumbs to crash injuries

A 74-year-old District man died at a hospital Friday, three days after he and his wife were injured in a collision between their Ford Taurus and a truck in Montgomery County, authorities said. The man’s wife remained in critical condition, they said.

Police said Valery Alexander Portnoi of the 3100 block of N Street NW was driving in the right lane of northbound Crabbs Branch Way in the Derwood area about noon Tuesday when the gold Taurus turned in front of a blue 2008 Freightliner truck, which was traveling in the left northbound lane. The truck and car collided near the intersection of Indianola Drive, police said.

Portnoi and his wife, Atalia Portnoi, 72, were trapped in the car before rescue workers freed them and took them to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

The driver and a passenger in the Freightliner were not injured, authorities said.

The crash remains under investigation. Police said anyone with information can call 240-773-6620 and may choose to remain anonymous.

— Dan Morse

Gansler announces new campaign hires

Antigone Davis, a longtime aide to Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), has taken over as the manager of his Democratic gubernatorial campaign, Gansler told supporters in a letter distributed Friday.

Davis is the third aide to hold the title since this summer. She replaces Matthew “Mudcat” Arnold, who came on board in July after a brief stint by Carrie Glenn, who left because of a health condition that interfered with her work, according to the Gansler campaign.

In recent weeks, Gansler said, his campaign staff has added a policy consultant, press secretary and research director, as well as a political aide for his running mate, Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George’s).

— John Wagner

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