Metro digest: Police arrest suspect in fatal shooting near North Capitol Street

July 13
THE DISTRICT
Police arrest suspect in fatal NW shooting

A Montgomery County man was killed and two other people were wounded early Sunday in a shooting at North Capitol and T streets NW, D.C. police said.

The slain man was identified by police as Donchell Thomas, 21, of Montgomery Village.

After gunfire was reported at the intersection about 1:15 a.m., three people were found shot in a car, said Officer Paul Metcalf, a D.C. police spokesman. All were taken to hospitals, where Thomas died, police said.

Police said they arrested Jimmie Fleming, 36, of Northwest Washington and charged him with murder and assault with intent to kill.

Of the two other people who were shot, one was described as an adult and the other as a juvenile. No other information about them was available immediately.

It was not clear what led to the gunfire. The intersection is just south of Rhode Island Avenue NW.

— Antonio Olivo and Martin Weil

VIRGINIA
Democratic candidate calls for streetcar vote

Richard “Rip” Sullivan, the Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 48th House District, on Saturday joined a small group of other Arlington politicians calling for a voter referendum on the Columbia Pike streetcar.

Sullivan, who is running in a special election Aug. 19 against Republican David Foster for the seat vacated by Del. Robert Brink (D), said that if elected, he would seek General Assembly authorization to put an advisory referendum on the Columbia Pike streetcar on the ballot. Foster made an identical declaration July 6 when he announced his nomination, although Foster added that he’s against the project.

Sullivan called the streetcar “an important driver of revitalization and redevelopment” in the region but added that it is not up to him to decide its merits. “It will be decided by the county board, but I think voters should have the opportunity to weigh in and have their voices heard, which is why I support a General Assembly-authorized advisory referendum.”

— Patricia Sullivan

THE REGION
Flight exercises are set for early this week

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will conduct flight exercises late Monday night through Wednesday morning in the Washington region, authorities said.

The flights, which are scheduled between midnight and 5:30 a.m. each day, are meant to test NORAD’s intercept capabilities and readiness in the event of intruding aircraft, the agency said.

— Elizabeth Koh

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