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Monday, October 2, 2006

THE DISTRICT

Police Probe NE, SE Homicides

District police are investigating two homicides, one that occurred early yesterday in Northeast and the other early today in Southeast Washington.

Police responding to calls about gunfire at 1:15 a.m. yesterday in the 1100 block of 21st Street NE found the body of Carlton D. Fisher, 23, in his apartment. He had numerous gunshot wounds. Police are trying to find witnesses and others with information about events leading to his death, said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman.

Just after midnight, police responded to another homicide, this one in the 2800 block of Robinson Place, where a man was found fatally shot. Sgt. Vernon Gudger said no arrests have been made.

-- Carol D. Leonnig and Ernesto Londoño

PRINCE WILLIAM

Suspected Gunman Takes Own Life

A man was shot and killed and a woman critically injured Saturday night in Woodridge by a gunman who police said killed himself when they tried to arrest him yesterday, Prince William County investigators said.

Police said Antron W. Allen, 27, of Dale City shot and killed Gerald Venable Jr., 24, of Richmond at 10 p.m. in the 2800 block of Woodmark Drive. Investigators said Allen also shot a 23-year-old woman, whom they did not identify. She was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Investigators said they were trying to serve Allen with an arrest warrant yesterday at his home when he fatally shot himself in an apparent suicide.

-- Ernesto Londoño

PRINCE GEORGE'S

Police Identify Officer in Shooting

Prince George's County police yesterday identified Cpl. Michael Kane as the officer involved in a shooting Friday morning in Capitol Heights.

Kane, an eight-year veteran, shot an 18-year-old man who police said was carrying a loaded semiautomatic handgun and had reached for it in a scuffle with the officer. In keeping with police procedure, Kane has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the department's investigation into the shooting.

The police gave this account: Officers began chasing two men near the 4900 block of Marlboro Pike after a shop owner flagged down police and reported that two males were trying to steal a go-kart from the parking lot behind his business. The two men jumped into a Honda Accord occupied by two other men. Police tried to remove all four, but one of the original occupants tried to flee. Kane caught the man and in the ensuing struggle saw him reach into his waistband, where he had a 9mm handgun. Kane shot the 18-year-old once in the hip.

The man, who is being charged with assault and possession of a handgun, was treated at a hospital. His injury was not considered life-threatening.

-- Carol D. Leonnig

Bowie Man Charged in Homicide

Prince George's County police arrested Dominic Woods, 21, early yesterday and charged him with murder in the death of Loneil Smith -- within a half-hour of discovering Smith's body.

Police responding to a call at 12:30 a.m. about a shooting in the 7600 block of Greenleaf Road in the Palmer Park neighborhood found Smith, 18, of Village Green Drive, dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

After broadcasting the suspect's description to patrol units, police found Woods just around the corner. Woods, of Bowie, is being held at the county jail without bond. Homicide detectives ask people with information about the shooting or a possible motive to call 301-772-4925.

-- Carol D. Leonnig

VIRGINIA SENATE RACE

Allen Buys TV Time Tonight

Sen. George Allen has purchased two minutes of television time tonight in the hope that a direct appeal just before prime time will help the Virginia Republican's struggling campaign regain momentum in its final month.

In Northern Virginia, Allen will appear on WRC-TV (Channel 4) at 7:58 p.m., after "Access Hollywood" and before "Deal or No Deal." He will appear at the same time on stations in other major media markets in the state.

Allen is seeking a second term in the Senate against Democratic challenger James Webb. The latest public poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon for MSNBC and McClatchy newspapers, showed both men with 43 percent support.

Allen advisers said the senator will address controversies that have been swirling around his campaign for the past six weeks, including his use of the word "macaca" to describe a young man of Indian descent and Allen's alleged use of the "N-word" years ago.

But the advisers said Allen will also use the time to shift the conversation back to issues such as his record on energy, taxes, economic development and criminal justice changes. Aides would not say how much the time cost.

-- Michael D. Shear

TERRORISM CHARGE

Ex-Herndon Resident Indicted

A former resident of Herndon was indicted Friday on a charge of providing support to a terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the Iranian regime, federal prosecutors said.

Zeinab Taleb-Jedi, 51, went to Iraq in 1999 to attend a training camp run by the Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK, the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles said in a statement.

Taleb-Jedi was indicted by a federal grand jury in New York on one count of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. She was released on bond and faces up to 15 years in federal prison if convicted.

-- Associated Press

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